No Chihuahua Left Behind

Virgin America, San Francisco Animal Care & Control and the ASPCA team up for a cross-country "Chihuahua Airlift."

With a massive overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California, animal shelters on the West Coast must look to shelters on the East Coast – where there is demand for the dogs – to help find them forever homes.  Virgin America is assisting the city of San Francisco Animal Care & Control in finding homes for adoptable dogs by flying Chihuahuas from San Francisco to New York where loving homes await them.  

The overpopulation issue has only escalated since the first airlifts in 2010, and Virgin America is now undertaking a larger airlift commitment by launching the first in a series of SFO-JFK flights.  

The dogs will be sent off in style, complete with a red carpet, “Chi-mosa” champagne cocktails for guests. doggie treats and plenty of toys for the little dogs to play with until departure time.  They will be received at JFK by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – which will work to ensure that they are placed in loving homes.  

The Chihuahuas’ journey will be tracked with real-time in-flight updates on Facebook  and Twitter.

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