A number of groups came together to rescue at least 24 dogs – all chihuahuas – from a hoarding situation after one of the owners passed away and the husband could no longer care for the animals properly.
The pooches were flown by Pilot-N-Paws from Gates, North Carolina, to Robert Miller Airpark. The rescue was undertaken at the end of last year, but I mention it to let people know about the great rescue groups and volunteers at Pilot-N-Paws. It is also notable due to the joint efforts of helpful and well-organized groups that all-to-often are unsung heroes of valient efforts.
Originally there were 32 little chihuahuas of both sexes, young and old that were lovingly cared for by a couple and, unexpectedly, the wife passed away. Her husband tried his best to care for the dogs but was quickly overwhelmed. A relative found homes for some of the dogs. However, it became necessary to reach out to Chihuahua Rescue for assistance.
Chihuahua Rescue Transport, Inc. reached out to Associated Humane Societies and Pilots-N-Paws. Matthew Kiener, volunteer at Pilots-N-Paws airlifted all of the 20-some dogs to New Jersey. AHS’ Popcorn Park accepted all of them and planned to eventually place them into private homes. The little dogs were medically checked and were placed into the adoption program.
Each chihuahua’s adoption fee included the neuter or spay charges, collar, registration, leash, up-to-date vaccinations, a 10-day medical guarantee and microchip.
Popcorn Park recently celebrated Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month. Not only did Popcorn Park find homes for the adorable little dogs, but the society has many other breeds from which to choose.
Adoptable dogs vary all the time but at this writing, available breeds include a scottie, several shar peis, jack russell terrier, shih tzus, beagles, labradors, and more!
Popcorn Park is located at Humane Way in Forked River (exit 74 north and south of the Garden State Parkway. It is open seven days a week. Donations including pet food are gratefully accepted.
Pilots-N-Paws was instrumental in the courtesy transport of all of the chihuahuas to New Jersey. Plans and the itinerary took final shape when animal lover and pilot Matthew Kiener offered his services and all necessary resources for the transport.
Each year, Pilots-N-Paws volunteers such as Kiener save thousands of animal lives. The rescue airlifts not only dogs. Animals including cats, pigs, reptiles, and bobcats have taken their flights.
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