40 Chihuahua pups go on cross-country adventure to find new homes

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- 40 chihuahua pups are getting new homes this week. But they have to travel all the way to Pennsylvania first.

Thursday morning, the puppies said goodbye to Arizona, as they headed east to be adopted out there.

According to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) spokeswoman Melissa Gable, chihuahuas and pit bulls are the most common dogs to cross through doors of Maricopa County's animal shelters. "We have tons of chihuahuas here in the Valley, and they don't have many small breeds in the East," she says.

This is not the first time the Valley has sent chihuahuas over to the east coast.

"We did this once before in February. And the dogs were adopted right away," says Gable.

Back in February, 26 dogs from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's West Valley Shelter were loaded into a rented SUV, and they traveled almost all the way across the country -- more than 2,300 miles -- to Exton, Penn.

This time, even more pups are taking part in the adventure. Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is partnering with Arizona Chihuahua Rescue, Paws to Heart Rescue and Humane Society of Yuma to transport 40 shelter dogs from Phoenix to Bensalem, PA.

"It's about 48 hours straight through to Pennsylvania," says Gable.

20 dogs from are from MCACC's shelter, and 20 dogs come from from Humane Society of Yuma.

"We worked out a plan for transporting a bunch of our shelter dogs over to Pennsylvania, so they can get a second chance," Helen Brillakis of Arizona Chihuahua rescue explained. "They have commitments on a bunch of dogs already. So, they're taking what they have commitments for and few extras."

Gable says if you would like to adopt a chihuahua, there are still plenty up for adoption here in the Valley. Contact MCACC for more information. Or visit the shelter to see the animals firsthand.

West Valley Animal Care Center
2500 S. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(27th Ave, South of Durango)
(602) 506-7387

Monday - Friday 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. (All Services)
Saturday - Sunday 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. (All Services except Owned Pet Surrender)

The shelter closed on the first Sunday of every month.