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PHS Seeks Your Thoughts on Chihuahua Overpopulation

By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the population explosion of this popular dog breed.

If you've read Sunday Patch column, you've noticed that at heart. That's because of all dog breeds, the Chihuahua is the most common breed being brought into shelters around the Bay Area. According to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, these animals are either strays or are being relinquished by their owners.

By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the overpopulation of Chihuahuas. Click here to take the survey.

So why the explosion in Chihuahua litters? There are several theories according to Delucchi. One is that has turned these miniature dogs into accessories — problem is, these accessories need love, food, water, exercise, play, companionship, and regular visits to a veterinarian. Another theory to the small dog phenomenon is the false expectations held by owners, especially parents. Small dogs don't necessarily make the best companions for small children, and once the dog doesn't live up to the owner's expectations, off they go to the shelter.

And finally, popularity breeds popularity — because there are so many of them out there, many more litters are accidentally produced. It's what Delucchi calls a perfect storm for a Chihuahua epidemic.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking the community's input on the over population of the Chihuahua dog breed. By taking this short survey, you can let shelter officials know your thoughts on the overpopulation of Chihuahuas. Click here to take the survey.

For more information, go to www.phs-spca.org.

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Lee Ann Jones May 29, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Politically incorrect but ultimately true: Many chihuahua owners do not have the cultural understanding that caring for one's pet includes reproductive responsibility (i.e., get 'em fixed!!) nor English language skills to learn from articles like this. We need an aggressive campaign for the Spanish speaking community to educate them about the tragic result of not getting pets spayed or neutered and to teach them responsible pet guardianship (they aren't disposable!) Until the SPCA acknowledges that there are significant differences in how pets are treated by various ethnic communities, articles like this one are just preachin' to the choir!

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