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Milestone Chihuahua's first year in Minnesota

It’s hard to believe it’s already been one year since the arrival of Sally T – the 1,000th Chihuahua to be transported to Animal Humane Society from our rescue partners in California.

Last February, Sally, along with more than 30 of her Chihuahua companions, were flown from California’s Central Valley to Minnesota in search of new homes. These cross-country transports from Compassion Without Borders have been going on since 2012. But last year’s transport involving Sally was especially exciting as she was the 1,000th Chihuahua to make the trek to AHS from California.

In the year following Sally’s arrival, more than 400 other Chihuahuas have made the same journey to Minnesota, where they stand a better chance at getting adopted. That’s because in recent years, Chihuahuas have filled up California shelters in record-breaking numbers and often healthy, adoptable Chihuahuas spend months, years, and sometimes their entire lives waiting for homes. Here in Minnesota, these tiny pups are typically adopted within days. After arriving on February 24, 2016, Sally was adopted and in her new home less than a week later. We checked in with her new family, the Ludwigs, to see how the last year has gone.

“When we adopted Sally T on February 29, 2016, we were immediately smitten. She is a happy, loving, playful little dog, and fits perfectly into our family. Sally enjoys activities such as snuggling on the couch with her best friends Pico and Lovella, de-stuffing fuzzy dog toys, chasing squirrels, and curling up in our king-sized bed for a good night's sleep.

We are so grateful to AHS for collaborating with the folks in California and giving these awesome dogs the opportunity to find their perfect forever homes here in Minnesota.”  -The Ludwig Family