HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Small dogs don't hang around area animal shelters for long, and it's rare that the Washington County kennel gets to volunteer space for breeds, explained Deborah Woods.
So when the Oregon Humane Society put out the call for help with Chihuahuas, a small and energetic dog breed known for their big eyes and tireless energy, Woods saw an opportunity to play matchmaker for 17 animals that needed some love with welcoming homes in metro Portland that need "a little dose" of love, too.
The Chihuahuas were arriving at the Bonnie L. Hays Shelter at 1901 SE 24th St. on Thursday.
Woods said they'd be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped on Thursday and Friday.
Animal specialists would have the Chihuahuas ready for match-making on Saturday.
"People often don't think they'll be able to find small dogs at shelters," she said. "Not true. We were thrilled to help."
Adoption fees run about $150 and include a free exam at a Washington County veterinarian.