'Hector' is SPCA's 100th rescued Chihuahua from California

Hector
Hector

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As of today, more than 100 Chihuahuas from California are now living in Richmond. The Richmond SPCA began accepting the dogs from the Pasadena, California, Humane Society last June.

The project dubbed "Great Chihuahua Air Lift" is a partnership between the west and east coast cities to find homes for the dogs that are over-populating California.

Friday afternoon the Richmond SPCA will receive seven dogs.  The 100th is named Hector, which is Greek for hundred. The other six are named after some of the VCU men's basketball team: Rob Brandenburg, Jamie Skeen, Joey Rodriguez, Ed Nixon, Brandon Rozzell and head coach Shaka Smart.

The Chihuahuas that arrive at the Richmond SPCA are quickly adopted because they receive health screenings, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped in California before their journey to Richmond.

The majority of the dogs that arrive have been well socialized.  Their small size not only makes them desirable, but it also ensures that the Richmond SPCA is able to help them without diminishing its capacity to save the lives of homeless pets in the Greater Richmond community.

The dogs who arrived Friday afternoon will begin to be available for adoption starting Monday, April 4.

If you are interested in adopting one of the seven Chihuahuas contact the Richmond SPCA www.richmondspca.org.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.