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L.A. County shelters host "Chihuahua Adopt-a-Thon"

October 3, 2008 |  2:13 pm
ID# A3867636, a neutered male who's about 8-10 pounds, is a favorite of staff at the Downey shelter. His owner passed away, leaving no one to care from him -- so he ended up at the shelter and is now looking for a new home.

If you haven't been living under a rock for the past few weeks, perhaps you've heard of a little film (out today and featuring the vocal talents of an actress you may know, Drew something-or-other?) called "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."

Well, the L.A. County Department of Animal Care & Control has heard of it too, and they're celebrating its release with the Chihuahua Adopt-a-Thon, an event celebrating some of the world's tiniest canines. 

Tomorrow, Oct. 4, chihuahuas take center stage at the county's Baldwin Park, Carson, Downey and Lancaster shelters. More than 200 of them are up for adoption, including those shown here.

"Please support your local animal shelter rather than purchasing a dog from a pet store and contributing the the overpopulation problem. We have great dogs here in our shelters that desperately need homes," said L.A. County Deputy Director Michelle Roache.

ID# A3761029, a neutered male who's about eight pounds, was surrendered to the Downey shelter when his owners moved.

Chihuahuas are often called "large dogs in little packages," and with good reason -- they're packed with personality. Since they're members of the Toy group, they're companions first and foremost.  They're also known as good watchdogs who are well-suited to apartment living.

Wondering if a chihuahua is for you?  Find out more at DogChannel -- or just stop by a shelter to see for yourself.

The Adopt-a-Thon starts at 10am and runs until 5pm.  Participating shelter locations are:

Cosita, ID# A3869249, is a three-year-old spayed female who's about 10-12 pounds. She's at the Downey shelter.

Baldwin Park
4275 N. Elton
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(626) 962-3577

216 W. Victoria St.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

11258 S. Garfield Ave.
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898

5210 W. Ave. I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-4191

For more information on the County shelters or for photos and information about available pets, check out the L.A. County Department of Animal Care & Control's website.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Patricia Learned, L.A. Department of Animal Care & Control

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