Looks like I’m not the only one who’s concerned about what’s going to happen with Chihuahua sales after the new movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” comes out.
I just received this press release from best friends Animal Society in Utah:
Like the movies “101 Dalmatians” and “Beethoven” before it, the Hollywood premier of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” has animal welfare organizations concerned that once again little dogs will be victims of our “fashion statement” culture.
Their anxiety is based on past tendencies of dog movies to spark popularity in a specific breed, which prompts impulse buys from pet shops, which in turn leads to a glut in shelters where thousands of animals eventually are euthanized.
“Everyone loves dogs in movies and people seem to quickly fall in love with the smaller breeds,” says Julie Castle, director of community programs for Best Friends Animal Society, which operates the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary. “It will be no different with ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua.’ People will be so entertained and captivated by the Chihuahuas that they may feel compelled to run out to buy one for themselves or a loved one.”
That might seem harmless enough until one learns that just a few miles from the El Capitan Theater, site of the Walt Disney film’s premier, hundreds of Chihuahuas are cooped up in city-county shelters waiting to be rescued from euthanasia.
Many Chihuahuas that are purchased on impulse from pet shops and through the Internet eventually find their way to the shelters when their owners come to the realization that they cannot care properly for the animal. This sad reality is played out in many places across the country.
“We just want to remind folks to think carefully before the run out to get a Chihuahua,” Castle added. “And if they decide to get one, we hope they will choose to adopt from a shelter instead of purchase from a pet shop or on-line.”
Please give the above some careful thought, folks, and don’t run out and buy a Chihuahua. Thanks for caring. /Gary