The Issue: Overpopulation of Chihuahuas in Shelters
Between 2006 and 2010, the volume of chihuahuas more than tripled at the Sacramento SPCA shelter, according to a story by the Sacramento Bee. The 963 chihuahuas processed at the shelter in 2010 were second only to pit bulls as most common breed. A reporter visiting the shelter saw that half the kennels housed at least one chihuahua or chihuahua mix.
The Campaign: Spaying and Neutering Chihuahuas
If 25 people donate $10, then Recycled Pets Norcal can fund spaying or neutering procedures for five chihuahuas whose owners would not otherwise be able to afford it. Each additional $50 raised will provide a sterilization treatment for another chihuahua. Spaying or neutering chihuahuas will help cut down on the homeless animal population in local neighborhoods and shelters. Donations up to $250 being matched by Corporate Construction Services.
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Recycled Pets Norcal
Elsie Lodde grew up on a farm surrounded by her own menagerie. She bottle-fed her first homeless kittens and bunnies at a young age and began bringing home and caring for strays in her free time as an adult. She started working for a national rescue group but grew unhappy with the group's restrictions and decided to rescue dogs on her own. Elsie founded Recycled Pets Norcal to give homeless animals a chance they might not otherwise get in shelters. The entire staff consists of volunteers, who foster many animals in their own homes before finding adoptive families for them in Northern California, vowing to follow up with each adoption to ensure the animals don't return to shelters. The organization also spays or neuters homeless animals and assists dogs' adoptive families with training, food, and transportation to veterinary appointments.