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Heigl helps relieve L.A.’s Chihuahua surplus

heiglTwenty-five west coast Chihuahuas were flown to the east coast in hopes of finding new homes, courtesy of actress Katherine Heigl.

The dogs were transferred from Kinder 4 Rescue in Los Angeles, where there is a surplus of Chihuahuas, to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua in New Hampshire, where the breed is in greater demand.

Humane society executive director Karen Bill and Kinder 4 Rescue director Laurel Kinder had been trying for about three months to move the dogs from Hollywood to the northeast. They contacted the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation — founded in honor of the “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s late brother — and it offered $25,000 to fly the dogs to Boston.

“It was amazing,” Bill told PEOPLEPets.com. “The ideal situation come true.”

Bill called the abundance of Chihuahuas in California a “Hollywood-made crisis …From ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ to Paris Hilton, people see these dogs and think they’re cute accessories, but they’re not. They’re living beings that need attention.”

Before the dogs even arrived, more than 40 people contacted the humane society in New Hampshire about adopting the dogs, who range in age from about 1 to 4 years old.


Comment from Chanel Harris
Time December 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

I live in the Studio City area and I was recently notified by my new land lord, that there is a new “no pet” policy. I have had my chihuaha for over a year. He is the sweetest companion I have ever had. I don’t want to take him to a pound, where his chance of living for longer than a week are slim to non. If there is anyone out there who might know of some other option for my baby and me, please respond. I need help. He needs a loving home, and I’d pay a million just to make sure he gets one. What to do??

A. Move
B. Contact Kinder 4 Rescue, or another rescue organization.
C. If you’d really pay a million, bring him (and the check) to my house to meet his new daddy.