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Virgin America to airlift Chihuahua pups for adoption

San Francisco-based low-cost carrier Virgin America said it is assisting the city of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) by flying Chihuahua pups from San Francisco to the New York area so they can be adopted quickly into loving homes in time for Thanksgiving.

According to the carrier, an overpopulation of Chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help where there is demand for the dogs among apartment-dwelling New Yorkers.

As the only San Francisco-based airline, Virgin America first teamed up with the SFACC to fly needy pups to new homes on the East Coast in 2010 to help address the influx of dogs at shelters on the West Coast.

The overpopulation issue has only escalated since then, and as part of its long-standing partnership with and commitment to SF ACC, Virgin America is TODAY undertaking its fifth airlift.

Launched in August 2007, Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Austin and Anchorage (seasonal).

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