Katherine Heigl helps ship unwanted chihuahuas to new homes

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Even though Katherine Heigl is far from my favorite person, she keeps doing things that make me like her. She seems to adore her special-needs adopted daughter, which is really amazing, and becoming a mother seems to taken Heigl’s edge off. Add to that the activity surrounding Heigl’s charitable foundation, The Jason Heigl Foundation (named after Katherine’s brother who died many years ago), and I have admit that Katherine might be growing on me. That is, until she farts out something insane and narcissistic again, which should be any minute. So let’s just enjoy this moment of Heigl love: The JH Foundation is funding a new project in Hollywood – it seems that there’s an epidemic of Chihuahuas being abandoned or rescued by shelters in LA, and now those rescued puppies are being sent all over the country to find homes. As in, boxes (or crates) of Chihuahuas are being flown around the country at great cost, just so they don’t have to be euthanized, and Heigl’s picking up the tab.

A local organization plans to transport 35 Chihuahuas to new adoptive homes in Colorado this week. It’s an increasingly popular solution to the overabundance of Chihuahuas in California animal shelters.

SpcaLA, a private rescue organization that operates adoption centers in Long Beach and Hawthorne, is the latest group to move adoptable Chihuahuas to other parts of the country where there are fewer small dogs to be found in animal shelters.

Actress Katharine Heigl’s foundation recently arranged the transport of nearly 70 Chihuahuas to a New Hampshire humane society, which found new homes for each of them almost immediately.

SpcaLA was able to afford to move the dogs thanks to a private donor, Leslie Capin, who recently won $1 million in Paw Nation’s Cutest Dog Competition and decided to use the money to help pets in need. Pet Airways, the animals-only airline that launched earlier this year, offered a discounted fare. Their flight is scheduled to depart Thursday morning from Hawthorne Municipal Airport. A Denver-based rescue organization will arrange for them to be adopted in Colorado, where shelters are crammed with larger dogs but few small ones are available for adoption.

Proponents of the plan to transport Chihuahuas to other states argue that doing so is a way of killing two birds with one stone. “By moving the supply to the demand, we are negating the need for purchasing from an unscrupulous backyard breeder or puppy mill and reducing the current population of Chihuahuas” in California shelters, spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein explained.

But some fear that dogs adopted in far-off states will not have a similar safety net to those adopted from local rescue organizations — which typically provide ongoing support to new pet owners and will take back a previously adopted animal if things don’t work out. But Chihuahua-transport supporters believe that, by working with reputable rescue groups in the states to which the dogs are sent, they can ensure that adopters have knowledgeable local advisers to turn to if they need help with their new pets.

According to Kathy Davis, interim general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, the city’s municipal animal shelters take in more than 300 Chihuahuas each month. Shelters in the San Francisco Bay Area report similar numbers, with many in the rescue community placing at least part of the blame for the number of owner-surrendered Chihuahuas on pop culture. “We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome,” Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco animal care and control department, said in an interview with The Times’ Maria L. La Ganga.

[From The Los Angeles Times]

See, I don’t even like Chihuahuas, but I think this nice. Of course, my neighbor with the yappy Chihuahua will probably end up rescuing a half a dozen more, just to spite me. But still, saving puppy lives is great, and it’s a non-traditional solution to save lives. I have to think that it’s very, very expensive to send all of those dogs around the country, but maybe it is the best solution. If Katherine doesn’t mind paying the tab, God bless.

Okay, these photos broke my heart. F-ck! These poor babies:

Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters

Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters

Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters

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  1. Kat says:

    Good on her for doing something good. Beats out the hundreds of idiot celebutards who wouldn’t lift a finger for another human, let alone a shelter animal.

  2. Kl says:

    little known fact  – 96% of these dogs actually have escaped from paris hilton’s house.  
    they are pretty healthy but freak out if they see anyone in a 
    baby-doll dress with no undies or smell artificial tanning mist.

  3. heb says:

    I’m glad my work computer won’t let me see those pictures because I’m positive they would make me cry.

  4. dude says:

    Go Katie! Most people dont like a woman who speaks her mind, which she clearly has no problem doing. She is a nice person. The puppy with the red collar on is the sweetest little thing i have ever seen!

  5. manda says:

    i want one! so cute, this is such a great story.

  6. Firestarter says:

    I am really starting to warm to Katherine.

    Good for her, helping the chichi’s!

  7. BiggieShortie says:

    I hate to even admit it, but my attitude toward her is softening. I despise her, usually. But I HAVE to give her credit for helping those little pups.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I normally don’t care for her either, but I have been impressed with her foundation and the animal welfare work she does.

  9. Raven says:

    I didn’t like her either, but she is impressing me. I have worked arranging transportation for rescues to other states. There are groups and individuals, including plane owners, who volunteer their time and resources to help out in these situations. That greatly reduces the cost.

    I’d like to see Paris Hilton give a giant donation to this organization–and stop buying any more dogs.

  10. Sumodo says:

    300 huahuas a month! In LA County alone??? Dios mio! As a former SPCA director in FL, I want to get involved. It’s my goal for the end of the year. Thank you, Kaiser.

  11. Who Cares says:

    I hope she called Mickey Rourke. He’d probably take 1 or 20.

  12. AB says:

    I can only say in my limited experience Katherine is an absolute sweetheart. Very down to earth and kind. The few times I have met her at various events, she has had time for everyone and was about as non-celebrity as you can get.

    I think she gets a bad rap from the press very unfairly just because she is not afraid to express her opinion. Also I think many of the headlines have painted a very false and twisted picture of things.

    It is actually pretty sad that she has been portrayed in this way because she is the real deal. A nicer and more genuine person you couldnt wish to meet.

    She has been doing some amazing work with her Foundation for quite some time now and has helped to save so many animals – and most of the work has gone unpublicized so it is nice to see her getting some good press.

    She recently splashed out $25000 to fly some more little dogs to new homes in New Hampshire and donated a big sum to LA animal shelters to fund 450 adoptions paying all the vet bills.

    I am a big fan of hers as a person – that is pretty obviousl. (Though I can’t always say I always like her movies and TV shows though). There is much to admire and like about this young woman in my opinion.

  13. Tazina says:

    Poor little things. Bred indiscriminately. I would take one of them if I could.

  14. Dhavy says:

    I used to think she was a snob after she made all those stupid comments about the Knocked Up movie but I’m willing to set that aside. I myself adopted my doggie and even though is not a chihuahua it’s one less dog that will be in a shelter because people didn’t want them. People should adopt a pet; there’s nothing like the unconditional love you get from one

  15. Beth says:

    I have to admit, she’s growing on me. I really used to not like her at all, but more and more it really just seems like she’s a really good hearted person who just isn’t especially media savvy. Good on her for helping out.

  16. crash2GO2 says:

    Think how much good she could do for people with that money.

  17. lastwordlinda says:

    crash2GO2. I agree with you that lots of people could be helped with those funds, but most people can help themselves if they have to. Dogs can’t. Now that the craze to have a chihuahua on your arm like a piece of jewelry is over, I am sure there are lots of unwanted dogs. These little guys can live for over 20 years. This fad only lasted about 5. Poor little things.

  18. Kevin says:

    She must be getting her meds dialed in. HEY! Maybe the U.N. can give her some kind of worthless appointment. I was waiting for someone to throw out the, “But wadda bout da peoples?” Sadly in this day and age it’s more about living things helping living things. Still gonna eat meat though. EDIT Darn it Quick Draw Linda, Ya beat me to the draw.

  19. Kevin says:

    I didn’t know she married Adam Sandler!!

  20. Larissa says:

    I think she already did her part on “humanitarian” issues, not that is ever enough, still more than a lot of people, actually most of people!
    She is totally entitled to do whatever she wants with her funds and I am really starting to like her for that, she is not some selfish self-centred idiot after all!

  21. catherine says:

    Awww-the one in the 3rd pic has a lttle furrowed brow- he looks so worried and anxious-Im not a small dog person but hes breaking my heart…..
    Why would anyone still sell an animal to that vapid moron Paris Hilton?
    Everyone knows she doesnt take good care of the ones she has…

  22. Erin says:

    Yes, when is Paris Hilton going to do something about the halocaust of chihuahuas that she has helped to create in our pounds?

    If she loves animals “so much” then she should get involved in rescue.

    Thanks Katherine for having a heart!
    So many phony people in Hollywood that create these holocausts with their irresponsible movies “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” that cause the everyday ignorant person to go and buy one from a pet store. By the way, most of these chihauhuas in the pounds are about a year old. You can see how the public gets the puppy from the breeder and discards it later.

  23. shawna says:

    yo crash. people always help humans over animals, im so glad she is one who chooses to do so instead. she also adopted a baby girl which is awesome

  24. Evie says:

    Just read about this today in the London Times – what a great idea – rescue centres here in England do something similar, rescuing dogs from Ireland, where there are many awful puppy farms.
    I love the prog, now I love the lady!

  25. dog_lover says:

    Such a shame these dogs went to an unscreened rescue, where they were sold to the first person interested in them.


    You can verify here –


    or the longer link is here

  26. Gork says:

    Awwww. not really fair on the doggie. Too much money I suppose.

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  28. MuMu says:

    Those dogs are so adorable. I’m glad she did this. I’m starting to really like her, too.

  29. sjjitxihc says:

    Those dogs are so adorable. I’m glad she did this. I’m starting to really like her, too.

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