Using Beverly Hills Chihuahua to spread an adoption message

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When it was announced that the movie Beverly Hill Chihuahua was hitting theaters Oct. 3, many in animal welfare worried that it would cause a rash of impulse purchases of the little dogs. But Best Friends Animal Society looked at the film as an opportunity to educate the public and spread the adoption message.

They created the above video (which you can also watch on their Web site) and a fantastic poster (after the jump).

BH Chihuahua.jpgOn their site
(which takes you to the homepage of Best Friends’ Truth About the Pet
Trade network), the organization reports that the movie has a rescue
angle, and that its main Chihuahua character, Papi, is in fact played
by a rescued dog (adopted from Moreno Valley Animal Services).

Best Friends is urging animal lovers to pass the video and poster along to anyone who might be considering buying a Chihuahua.

There’s a common misconception that you can’t find small dogs in shelters, but a quick look at Petfinder proves nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are a whopping 7,818 Chihuahuas available on Petfinder right now!