THOMASTON, Maine — Fifteen lucky little Chihuahuas will soon be winging their way from Los Angeles to the Humane Society of Knox County (HSKC) in Thomaston, thanks to the Many Happy Returns program, a cooperative effort established in 2010 between LA Animal Services, animal lovers Marge & Janet Fithian and the HSKC. This will be the third transport for this life saving program, giving Mid-coast families the opportunity to adopt these small dogs while alleviating an overabundance of this breed in the LA area. LA Animal Services continues to be inundated with homeless Chihuahuas, receiving upwards of three hundred of them each month, far exceeding the demand for them in the area.
‚ÄúThis has been a very successful and rewarding program for our shelter.‚ÄĚ noted HSKC Executive Director Tracy Sala. ‚ÄúNot only are we helping to save the lives of these Chihuahuas and hopefully many more but we are also pairing mid-coast families with the dogs that they have long wished for. And, as an added bonus, we also see an increase in all of our adoptions with the exposure and added foot traffic these dogs bring to our shelter.‚ÄĚ added Sala.
The Chihuahuas are scheduled to arrive on Friday, November 18 and will go directly in to foster care for a couple of days to give them a chance to adjust to their new setting and recover from their long flight. The adoption fee for these special dogs is $325. The fee is higher than HSKC‚Äôs regular adoption fee because a portion of the adoption fee goes back into the Many Happy Returns program to sustain the program so more Chihuahuas can get their wings and fly into loving homes. By adopting a Chihuahua through this program, two lives will be saved. The life of the dog that gets adopted and the life of another dog that gets a plane ticket because the first was adopted. To view pictures of the Chihuahuas scheduled to fly to Maine visit www.hskcme.org.
The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Mid-coast Maine area. The Society operates an animal shelter located at 17 Buttermilk Road in Thomaston that is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 Monday through Saturday. The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, and Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Searsmont, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill.
Contact Name: Humane Society of Knox County
Telephone Number: (207)594-2200