SOURCE: Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dearborn Animal Shelter

August 19, 2009 15:29 ET

Rescued Chihuahuas Beginning to Go to Homes One Dog at a Time

Update of 105 Chihuahuas From the Dearborn Animal Shelter

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - The Dearborn Animal Shelter is proud that the first 22 Chihuahuas were sent to their forever homes, where they will get the affection and care they need for the rest of their happy lives. With many more to place into homes over the next few months, the shelter assures that each one will be placed One Dog at a Time.

It has been three weeks since 105 Chihuahuas were rescued from the Dearborn home where they were isolated indoors never able to leave the house or see sunlight. Since receiving the dogs, the Dearborn Animal Shelter, along with countless volunteers, have worked tirelessly to assess the dogs' personalities and health issues. Staff and volunteers gave the dogs long overdue check-ups, shots, sterilizations and other medical necessities -- as well as spending time with them and giving them the love and care -- they had been without some for their entire lives.

In addition to a wonderful outpouring of volunteers and letters of sympathy and encouragement, the shelter was pleased to receive more than 500 applications for adoption of these lovable pups.

"I want to express our heartfelt thank you for the enormous support we received from the metro Detroit community in the midst of this unusual circumstance," said Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter. She continued, "This is the single largest influx of dogs from one location in our history and it brought the kindest of people to our doors to help."

Even though the first 22 Chihuahuas have gone to homes and the shelter is eager to get the remaining dogs into their forever homes with their new families, they stressed that animal adoptions are a process -- not a race. Consideration of the adoption applications occurs in the order in which the Shelter received them. They are reviewing all applications carefully. As with every animal placed in a home, each one is uniquely matched with its new owner based on personality and many other factors. With abused or neglected animals -- such is the case with the rescued Chihuahuas -- this part of the process is especially crucial. According to Greene, "These dogs were living under abnormal circumstances and will require a longer learning curve for the most basic of things such as being walked on a leash, or going 'potty' outside. Patience will be the key with the new adoptive families."

Moreover, many of these Chihuahuas have special social and medical concerns, and may take months to be placed into homes. Not every applicant will receive a Chihuahua, yet all dogs will eventually be placed with new families -- one dog at a time.

Greene and the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter expressed special gratitude toward the volunteers, adoption applicants and donors who have helped the shelter -- and the dogs -- during a difficult time. However, more help is needed. Any donations are appreciated and will go toward caring for these and other animals so each and every one of them can find their forever homes. Each animal will be placed, one Chihuahua, one Bulldog, one Siamese or one Greyhound at a time. Please visit the Shelter web site to view their other adoptable animals, ready to go to loving homes now.

To learn more or make a donation, visit the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter at or call 313-943-2697. Want to keep up-to-date on Chihuahua news? Go to the Web site and click on Chihuahua Rescue.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter, located at 2661 Greenfield Road in Dearborn, is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Contact Information

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    Elaine Greene
    Friends Executive Director
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