Some little dogs are looking for a little love this Valentine’s Day.
Faced with a surplus of Chihuahuas, animal control officials on the Peninsula are offering sweet deals on the sweet little pups, while San Francisco officials are sending dogs to New York City to find love.
The Peninsula Human Society is waiving adoption fees for Chihuahua dogs and Chihuahua mixes for Valentine’s Day, adoption center officials said Friday.
Humane society officials say Chihuahuas are facing a sudden drop in popularity, in part due to a misconstrued image in the entertainment world as the Taco Bell “spokesdog” and Paris Hilton’s purse companion, and in part due to overbreeding.
The shelter has 21 dogs available and hopes to match them with families that can handle the little bundles of four-legged joy.
The PHS/SPCA is located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
In San Francisco, Animal Care & Control is partnering with Virgin America to transport a group of Chihuahuas from the city pound to New York City, where the tiny dogs are apparently still in big demand.
The dogs will travel in style in the main cabin of a passenger plane on Valentine’s Day, with a red-carpet send off at the gate, officials said. They will receive in-flight treats and plenty of toys.
The Chihuahua’s journey will be tracked in real time online on Virgin America’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Sara Gaiser/Sasha Lekach, Bay City News