OAKLAND -- The East Bay SPCA is hosting its first Great Chihuahua Challenge, where Bay Area shelters and rescue groups aim to spay/neuter 500 Chihuahuas by the end of May.
The hype of Chihuahuas starring in movies like "Legally Blonde" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" has diminished and now the small canine makes up more than 20 percent of the animals at shelters, said Laura Fulda, vice president of marketing and development for East Bay SPCA.
Great Chihuahua Challenge
When: May 6-10
Where: Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center, 410 Hegenberger Rd.
Registration: $20, includes a vaccination for distemper and rabies. An additional $10 cost for microchip. Owners must register in advance.
Age-weight: Chihuahuas must be younger than 7 years old and weigh no more than 15 pounds.
Info: 510-639-7387, or go to www.eastbayspca.org/palooza
The 11 participating shelters and rescue groups are:
Berkeley Animal Services
Berkeley East Bay Humane Society
Hayward Animal Services
Humane Society Silicon Valley
Marin Humane Society
Oakland Animal Services
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
San Francisco SPCA
San Jose Animal Care Center
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation