Rescued dogs again are headed to Michigan, this time Chihuahuas from Texas as one of the purposes of a national operation to save the dogs from shelters, abuse and -- in the worst cases -- being put to death in a shelter .
Michigan is especially welcoming of dogs, experts say, because the state has many pet fans, several no-kill shelters and regulations to help protect dogs from abuse and insult .
Between 25 and 30 Chihuahuas are coming to Sterling Heights from Houston in a van on Saturday. In Michigan, this is gonna be wet-nurse back to health by foster families and then been put forward for adoption .
" Chihuahuas are a extremely misunderstood breed and because of the commercialization of them, people think they are accessories and dolls ," said Missy Dodge, a self-described Chihuahua momma, who is helping coordinate the save trip-up." But we have many homes that are looking to offer enjoy and stability to animals in need ."
Chihuahuas -- called after Chihuahua, Mexico -- are among the smallest breed of bird-dog. One of the most famous Chihuahuas was Gidget, the mascot for the Taco Bell fast-food chain that said," Yo quiero Taco Bell ," Spanish for" I want Taco Bell ."
On Valentine's day, the Michigan Humane Society brought 100 Chihuahuas to Michigan from an overcrowded shelter in Fresno, California, where the dogs faced a high risk of euthanasia.
A few weeks later, animal shelters in Michigan agreed to help to rescue about a dozen hounds from South Korea, where, according to one group, they had been raised to be slaughtered for meat .
And earlier this month, Michiganders saved Blue, a pit bull concoction puppy who had mysteriously constructed her way from Florida to Michigan. After a Good Samaritan tried to return Blue to her owner, who spurned her, she intention up being adopted here .
" People in Michigan adore their pets and actually wishes to comrade swine find loving homes ," said Anna Chrisman, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit." On any made day of the week, your local shelter has animals looking for a forever home -- whether their story began here, or restarted here in Michigan ."
About 10,000 swine -- mostly hounds and cats -- are adopted annually from the Michigan Humane Society, the state's largest shelter. Hundreds of them, Chrisman estimated, received from out of state .
Chihuahua Rescue& Transport, the nonprofit group that is coordinating the save functioning from Texas, likewise will be bringing Chihuahuas to Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina .
And, Dodge said, the group hopes to repeat international efforts every quarter .
As a breed, Chihuahuas may date to before the Mayans, and there is some proof that the Aztecs may have raised the little hounds for meat. These hounds, because of different sizes, sometimes suffer peculiar ailments .
Dodge said Chihuahuas are often euthanized .
" People don't realize they eat, they sleep, they poop, they pee ," she said, and that's why they finish up at shelters." But, they are intensely loyal and affectionate with their owners. It's just hard to not adoration them ."
To find out more about the Chihuahuas rescue operation, as well as volunteer to help, become a foster family, adopt a dog and donate, go online to www.chihuahua-rescue.com .
Source By freep.com