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72 Chihuahuas Rescued From Fresno Home Add to Overwhelmed Shelters



Fresno's city and county shelters are overwhelmed with pets in dire need of adoption. They rescued 72 chihuahuas from a single home. (Shutterstock)
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Both the Fresno city and county shelters are overwhelmed with dogs and cats needing homes.

Especially chihuahuas.  

Officials with Fresno Humane Animal Services, which runs no-kill shelters for the county and city, say they have approximately 700 animals in both locations. 

Sally Breyer, the senior operations manager for the city shelter, says just a couple of days ago, they rescued 72 chihuahuas from a home in Fresno County. 

That rescue added to the strain the shelters face while they try to control a pet population in dire need of spaying, neutering, and adoptions. 

Can You Step up and Adopt a Family Pet?

Fresno Humane is working to increase pet adoptions by offering several deals like lowering pet adoption fees, and encouraging the community to foster pets for a couple of days. 

During the Thanksgiving weekend, the city shelter held a successful holiday foster event as a way to slowly introduce some pets into homes with the potential to be adopted. 

“So it’s really beneficial and we’re always hopeful that some of those fosters will turn into adoptions,” Breyer told GV Wire. “But even if they don’t, it does provide us with a good amount of knowledge that helps us better place these animals.”

The city of Fresno animal shelter is at 5277 E Airways Drive. Call or text 559-600-PETS  (7387)  for information. (GV Wire File)

Holiday Events Could Help Encourage Adoptions

Fresno Humane is hosting several holiday events to encourage adoptions and donations to the shelters.

For example, the shelter is hosting a rockstar adoption event on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Woodward Park from 12 p.m. to 4  p.m.

Adoption fees will be $25 with all dogs fully spayed, neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Dogs of all breeds and sizes awaiting new parents to meet at the new Fresno County animal shelter, 1510 West Dan Ronquillo Drive in Fresno. (GV Wire File)

Liz Juarez joined GV Wire in July, 2021 as a Digital News Producer. She has experience working for publications around the Central Valley including the Clovis Roundup, Porterville Recorder and Hanford Sentinel. While in college, she interned for Mountain West Athletics and served as Outreach Chair for the Fresno State Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Liz earned a bachelor's degree in Media Communications and Journalism at Fresno State and a master's degree in Communications from Arizona State University. In her down time, she enjoys reading, drawing and staying active by playing basketball, taking trips to the coast and visiting national parks. You can contact Liz at