DUMB Friends League and Pet Airways Chihuahuas Rescue

HOMELESS CHIHUAHUAS FROM CALIFORNIA COMING TO THE DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE, THANKS TO DR. PAPIDIES AND PET AIRWAYS

DENVER (December 24, 2009) – It may not be a Chihuahua Christmas, but nearly three dozen Chihuahuas are traveling from California to Denver, in hopes of finding homes before the new year through the Dumb Friends League. On December 26, the Chihuahuas from the Los Angeles area will catch a flight on Pet Airways and arrive in Denver that evening. Some of the dogs could be available for adoption beginning December 27.

A long-haired Chihuahua named Dr. Papidies was the inspiration for this rescue effort. Dr. Leslie Capin, who entered her beloved dog into a national “cutest dog” competition, donated half of the winnings to the Dumb Friends League. Then, after learning about the Chihuahua crisis in California—where animal shelters are overcrowded with dogs like Dr. Papidies—Dr. Capin offered to cover the cost of transportation for 100 Chihuahuas, so they would have the opportunity of finding permanent homes through the Dumb Friends League.

“Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Capin and Pet Airways, we are able to fly in 30 to 35 Chihuahuas and give them a second chance at happiness,” said Robert Rohde, President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “But we won’t stop there. We will work with other animal shelters in California and coordinate additional flights to help more Chihuahuas that are in need of homes.”

The Chihuahuas, as well as some other small-breed canines, will be transported from Los Angeles area shelters to the Los Angeles Executive Airport for a Pet Airways flight leaving at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday. They will arrive at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo. between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Staff members from the Dumb Friends League will pick up the dogs beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Interested adopters and donors are encouraged to visit the Dumb Friends League Web site at www.ddfl.org, or call (303) 751-5772 for more information on these Chihuahuas.

About the Dumb Friends League As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in metro Denver and surrounding areas for nearly 100 years. The League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit www.ddfl.org.

About Pet AirwaysPet Airways is the first airline specifically designed for the comfortable, efficient transportation of pets. Pet Airways' “pawsengers” travel in the specially equipped main cabin of its planes - fully-lit, climate-controlled and pressurized - with a trained pet attendant on duty at all times. With Pet Airways, pet parents can be assured their animals will be treated with tender, loving care throughout the journey. The airline launched in 2009, and provides coast-to-coast service from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Chicago, Baltimore, New York and Ft Lauderdale. Follow the rescue and how the dogs travel on the Pet Airways website, www.petairways.com.