A cadre of Chihuahua-loving volunteers drove 26 stray dogs from Arizona to a shelter Pennsylvania, and all the dogs but one found a home in a few weeks, as Kathy Shayna Shocket reported for The Dodo in April and the New York Times notes today.
Stray Chihuahuas are also also getting a lift from a retired orthopedic surgeon, who flies the animals from Arizona to be adopted in Idaho.
The Chihuahua diaspora stems from an oversupply of the dogs in the Southwest. Shelters in San Antonio are "brimming with Chihuahuas," Lynnie Bunten, the chairwoman of the Chihuahua Club of America, tells the Times.
Shipping the dogs cross-country allows shelters to manage their Chihuahua populations without euthanasia. Arizona Chihuahuas have even relocated as far away as Canada and Russia, according to one Arizona county spokesman.