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Published on Oct 2, 2008
Like the movies 101 Dalmatians and Beethoven before it, the release of Beverly Hills Chihuahua has animal welfare organizations concerned that Chihuahuas will be the next victims of our trend-crazed and impulse-purchase culture—even more than they already are.
Since word of the movie first began to leak out, those in the animal welfare community have been wondering what they can do to slow the rush of Chihuahua-buying surely to follow the movie. So were we at Best Friends.
After careful consideration and a little background research by our A Puppy Store Free LA staff, we discovered that the movie does have a rescue angle. Thats good news! It turns out that the movies main Chihuahua character, Papi, was rescued.
But still—some people will probably want a Chihuahua after seeing the movie, and we hope they dont head to the classified ads in their local paper, to the Internet (unless theyre going to Petfinder) or to a pet store.
Shelters around the country are already bursting with Chihuahuas, particularly in Los Angeles, the very place where the movie takes place. So we put our heads together and came up with ways that we can all spread the word that if youre in the market for a Chihuahua, adopting one is the way to go.