No Chihuahua Left Behind

Virgin America, San Francisco Animal Care & Control and the ASPCA team up for a cross-country "Chihuahua Airlift."

With a massive overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California, animal shelters on the West Coast must look to shelters on the East Coast – where there is demand for the dogs – to help find them forever homes.  Virgin America is assisting the city of San Francisco Animal Care & Control in finding homes for adoptable dogs by flying Chihuahuas from San Francisco to New York where loving homes await them.  

The overpopulation issue has only escalated since the first airlifts in 2010, and Virgin America is now undertaking a larger airlift commitment by launching the first in a series of SFO-JFK flights.  

The dogs will be sent off in style, complete with a red carpet, “Chi-mosa" champagne cocktails for guests. doggie treats and plenty of toys for the little dogs to play with until departure time.  They will be received at JFK by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – which will work to ensure that they are placed in loving homes.  

The Chihuahuas' journey will be tracked with real-time in-flight updates on Facebook  and Twitter.


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murfar1   San Jose, CA

3/25/2015 5:49:41 PM

I took little Nina home from the shelter 7 months ago and have never looked back, 5.4 whopping pounds of pure loving Chihuahua. She's about 9 years old the vet is guessing and I cant help wondering sometimes about her previous life and if she misses it. She was found wandering the streets. Was she a happy little dog? Except for some dental work and flea treatments she seemed to be well cared for. We're together 24/7 and she's in my life for life.

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Carlotta   Perris, California

5/3/2013 4:41:57 PM

I have a dog rescue and I have had Chihuahuas and very cute Chihuahua mixes almost a year and some more than a year and NOBODY callsl for
I wish I could add them to the waggon rolling East. They are in desparate need of a homes. I am in California.

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LindaG   westminster, CA

10/23/2012 5:23:57 PM

I live in CA and my sister Barbara got her Chihuahua after I got mine. She met my dog when she was out here and after her Corgi died she got Little Debbie. She loves her Chi. I love mine too. We are sad that they can't play together because she lives in Texas and I live in CA

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Barabara   Richmond, Texas

10/23/2012 1:41:18 PM

We got our little Debbie from the Chihuahua Program and we are so greatful that she wasn't put to sleep, that she was flown here to Texas and we took her home. I think it's a great program!!!!!!

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