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April 29, 2011 > Chihuahua Palooza

Chihuahua Palooza

Submitted by East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Photo by Gary Gin

They are cute, they are small and they are everywhere. They accompany celebrities on the red carpet, appear in Taco Bell commercials and are featured in their own movies. We see them in their own little carry-bags, with incredible clothes and jewelry. We love Chihuahuas. Too often, that "awwwww" factor takes over and they become an impulse-buy, the next cute must-have accessory.

Dogs of all sizes need proper socialization, care and training. These tiny guys are a whole lot of love - a big dog in a tiny body. Small dogs can live up to 20 years. The kids may be off to college but Tiny, the Chihuahua mix, will still be by your side. That is a long time and a whole lot of kibble. However, these dogs are wonderful for those looking for a long-term, indoors, high-energy companion.

Still interested? Apparently, the challenge of owning these small dogs quickly becomes apparent for many unprepared owners, as evidenced by the numbers; as many as half of the homeless dogs currently in local communities are Chihuahuas, Chihuahua mixes and small dogs below 15 pounds. Each year, more than 2,000 small dogs find themselves in shelters in Alameda County. This phenomenon appears to be regional and concentrated in California. Some shelters have sent these small dogs to other states where they are soon adopted.

Get educated and find big love in a small package! The first annual Chihuahua Palooza is scheduled for the week of May 2 at many Bay Area shelters, including the Hayward Animal Shelter at 16 Barnes Court. The week includes fun activities, educational talks, materials and, of course, many wonderful, adoptable Chihuahuas and small-dog mixes will be available for adoption at reduced fees. Free or discounted spay and neuter services for owned small dogs will be offered.

The Hayward Animal Shelter will charge $20 for Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mix adoptions plus licensing fees for City of Hayward residents. There will also be a limited number of free spay and neuter vouchers for Chihuahua's that reside in the City of Hayward with proof of Chihuahua ownership (photo or vet records). Each Chihuahua adoption will receive a goodie bag and free vouchers. All other fees apply (see panel).

Chihuahua Palooza
Tuesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 7
Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Court, Hayward
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Tues-Fri)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Sat)
(510) 293-7200, ext. 7

Hayward Animal Shelter Adoption Fees
Female cats/kittens: $107
Male cats/kittens: $97
Female dogs/puppies: $166.50
Male dogs/puppies: $141.50
Male and female rabbits: $60
All other animals - turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, etc.: $20.

Dog and cat fees include sterilization, shots (not rabies), a microchip, a cardboard carrier for cats, and a license for dogs if the adopters are Hayward residents. If the adopter lives outside the City of Hayward, the license fee is deducted.

If a pet enters the shelter already spayed or neutered, the fee is reduced because the shelter does not have to subsidize the procedure.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter certificates (to owners whose pets are intact)
Male cat/kitten: $20
Male dogs: $35
Female dogs: $60

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