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Animal Shelters Celebrate “Chihuahuas de Mayo” with the “Whole Enchihuahua”

Free Spay & Neuter and Half Off Adoption Specials in May 2012


Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Santa Barbara County’s major animal shelters are also offering half off adoption fees for Chihuahuas and mixes as part of the Whole Enchihuahua program.

Free surgeries will be provided for the first 300 dogs signed up. Owners should call one of the following organizations to schedule an appointment:

SB County Animal Services, Santa Maria Animal Center, at 805.934.6968 (SB County residents only)

• Santa Maria Valley Humane Society at 805.349.3435

• Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society at 805.688.8224

• Santa Barbara Humane Society at 805.964.4777 ext.20

• Care4Paws at 805.968.CARE (2273)

Participating shelters will be offering half off adoption fees for Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes adopted during the month of May, to celebrate “Chihuahuas de Mayo” and draw attention to the overpopulation of Chihuahuas in the shelters. Chihuahuas and related mixes currently represent 40 percent of dogs living in area shelters.

“The fact that all of our shelters have chosen to collaborate on this promotion is an indication of how serious we feel the problem is”, says Jan Glick, Santa Barbara County’s Director of Animal Services. “We want to help pet owners who might not have the money to get their dogs fixed, as well as encouraging prospective dog owners to bring a fun, affectionate dog into their lives.”

Santa Barbara County Animal Services and the three Humane Societies, along with C.A.R.E.4Paws and the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation are part of the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Alliance, a coalition of Santa Barbara County animal welfare agencies, shelters, and nonprofit organizations working collaboratively to promote responsible pet ownership and ensure that affordable spay/neuter services are available countywide.

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What's up with chihuahua and pit bull owners? Based on the prevalence of both breeds in local shelters, it looks like they seem to be the least likely to get their dogs neutered, and most likely to abandon them.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2012 at 1:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People get chihuahuas and pitties thinking they're toys; then when the toys become an actual responsibility they freak out and dump'em.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 12, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In Northern Santa Barbara County, many people breed chihuahuas and then try to sell them for a mere $10 each. Those that don't sell, get dumped in the riverbeds and other areas and, thus, the Santa Maria shelter gets overcrowded. There are some amazing volunteers who actually do "chihauhau runs" to the Bay Area, but it's almost futile. They sometimes drive as many as 100 chihauhaus in one day - only to return and find 40 more have been dumped and end up in the shelter that same day. Spay and neuter is the only answer and this is an excellent offer and creative campaign to help with that. This tragic situation in North County is why Santa Maria needs a spay-neuter ordinance like Santa Barbara County, but the politicians of Santa Maria are against this. The current mayor of Santa Maria, in fact, fought against the ordinance in the County as he is a "good old boy" who has not educated himself on the effectiveness of spay-neuter programs. Politicians like him would rather see the local shelters fail than do the right thing by the public and the animals. The ignorance around responsible pet ownership and care in North County, where I live, is astounding and those in power are most definitely part of the problem. Unfortunately, the media, especially in Santa Maria, is never going to report on this in depth so the tragedy continues for the hundreds of homeless pets this creates.

winecountry (anonymous profile)
April 13, 2012 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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