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Unique dog breed arrives at Chautauqua County Humane Society

September 19, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua County Humane Society has experienced tremendous success finding new homes for small dogs in recent years. Thanks to a collaborative effort between CCHS and a California-based Chautauqua County native, dozens of purebred Chihuahuas will be making their way to Chautauqua County in search of new homes.

The Chihuahuas began to arrive at the CCHS in the beginning of August and are put under medical surveillance until they are cleared for adoption.

"I have fond memories of my summers in Chautauqua County," said Marcy Christmas, a Chautauqua County native who works with the Ventura County Animal Service. "I had a Chihuahua as a child and care deeply for these animals. I know they can find good homes in Chautauqua County," said Christmas. Christmas pioneered 'Project Flying Chihuahuas' which has been able to place California's number one euthanized dog in adoption homes across the east coast, especially in major cities. The Chihuahuas in 'Project Flying Chihuahuas' are either stray dogs, surrendered by their owners or rescued from abusive homes.

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Chautauqua County Humane Society volunteer posing with a group of Chihuahuas as they arrived at the shelter.

The travel expenses for the Chihuahuas to fly from LAX in Los Angeles to Cleveland are covered by Christmas. From there, CCHS volunteers transport them to the shelter and prepare them for adoption.

"Larger cities such as Jamestown have a high adoption rate for small dogs," said Sue Bobek, Humane Outreach Coordinator for the Chautauqua County Humane Society. "When there is a high concentration of people in a small area, larger dogs are harder to adopt. Periodically, our shelter needs support adopting those animals, so we help other shelters when we can to return the favor," said Bobek. The Chihuahuas are available for adoption now and regular adoption rates apply.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society adoption process, visit or call 716-665-2209 to set up an appointment.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.



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