Pets for adoption on TV
fort of their couch,” said Matthew Strauss, senior vice president of new media for Comcast.
Meanwhile, Comcast announced that it will increase the number of Chihuahuas featured. The announcement was made in response to an increase in the number of Chihuahuas coming into shelters in California. The Chihuahua crisis in California developed as Hollywood featured the dogs in movies such as “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Legally Blonde.”
As these small canine became companions to the rich and famous such as Paris Hilton, backyard breeders saw a chance to make hundreds of dollars per dog. Meanwhile, the recession forced some dog owners to abandon their pets.
California shelters report that Chihuahuas make up 30 percent of their dog populations. In 2009, animal shelters in Los Angeles took in about 4,700 Chihuahuas. To cope with the glut of Chihuahuas, many California shelters are sending the dogs to shelters across the country for adoption.