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'Operation Chihuahua'

Virgin America to launch 'Operation Chihuahua' on Tuesday, December 22

eTN Staff Writer  Dec 21, 2009

San Francisco's hometown airline, Virgin America is assisting the City of San Francisco Animal Care and Control by flying Chihuahua pups from San Francisco to New York so they can be adopted into loving homes in time for the holidays.

The massive overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California is forcing animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help - where there is demand for the dogs. The San Francisco Animal Care & Control asked Virgin America to spare a seat during the busy holiday travel season to help fly these needy pups. Several Virgin America teammates have volunteered to escort the pups on the flights to the East Coast - and will track their journey with real-time updates via the airline's fleetwide WiFi service.

Virgin America will be sending the dogs off in high-style, with a red carpet send-off at the gate, complete with doggie treats and plenty of toys to play with until departure. The Chihuahuas will be received at JFK by the ASPCA¬ģ (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) - who will place the little dogs in loving adoptive homes.

Virgin America to launch 'Operation Chihuahua' on Tuesday, December 22
Photograph by Oleg Von Siziakov

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