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Written by PETA | October 2, 2008
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Chihuahua

With Disney’s new animated feature Beverly Hills Chihuahua slated for release on Oct 3, animal defenders like your good homies here at PETA are readying our disaster-prevention tactics. While it’s sure to be an adorable film, the fantasy world it portrays can have devastating unintended effects. Remember the live-action 101 Dalmatians movie and its sequel? Immediately after the films, there were enormous spikes in demand for spotted pups. In the months after the release of each film, the number of Dalmatians who were abandoned at animal shelters tripled throughout the country. They outnumbered every other breed in 1996. According to an animal-shelter official, someone would turn in a Dalmatian and tell the workers, “This dog didn’t act like Pongo in the movie.”

Apparently, watching professionally trained dogs perform adorable tricks gives some people the illusion that those breeds naturally behave that way—and then they can’t wait to take one home. Unrealistic expectations like this can create a dangerous trend. The impulsive purchases that ensue mean that the dirty backyard-breeding market booms. Ultimately, animal shelters overflow. Now can you see why we’re not so happy about this Chihuahua movie?

Disney has included a disclaimer on its Web site and at the end of the film about the lifelong responsibility of taking in an animal companion. Quite impressively, they even encourage people to adopt rather than purchase an animal. While this is sure to do some good, it isn’t enough. Not everyone will visit the site, and very few people will stay through the credits of a kids’ movie. There was time early on for Disney to put signs in movie theaters and speak out to urge people not to buy Chihuahuas—to let people know that if they do buy the cute little dogs, it means a death sentence for dogs in animal shelters.

Now, if you find yourself among the responsible animal guardians who simply must adopt a beautiful Chihuahua—or you have friends who’d like to—please visit petfinder.com to view a listing of the thousands of animals—including purebreds—who are sitting in your local animal shelters right now. You can search by breed in animal shelters across the nation—and help save quite a few lives in the process.

Written by Missy Lane

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  • clgoh says:

    When I was little it is true that after watching 101 Dalmations I too wanted to own one. Not forgetting all the other dog cartoons and movies like the one featuring the retriever and the Lady and the Tramp one with the long eared dog eating spagetthi. Most parents jump into conclusion to simply fulfil what their children want simply to please them without thinking if their kids will be able to take good care of their new pet. If their kids are not capable are you as a parent willing to take over the responsibility? Think of it this way what will happen if you do not take good care of your children? I am sure most people nowadays practice family planning and plan almost everything for their children before getting pregnant. Same thing goes here. Do not demand for pets if you cant commit to them in long term. I’ve seen so many cases in my country where people get pets for their children and few months or years down the road especially when the dog is no longer active because it is no longer a puppy they get disowned and SPCA or PAWS will have to put them to sleep if no one adopts them. Please! Do not do this to them!

  • SavethePits says:

    Most of the dogs used in this movie were shelter dogs. Instead of downcrying it we should be promoting it because it shows people shelter dogs are just as cool!!!

  • Cedrick Osborn says:

    I rescued a Dutchund Chihuahua mix and she is the sweetest coolest dog ever. She was hit by are car when she was owned by the person that abandoned her after the incident and it is hard to believe that she would have been killed if someone hadn’t rescued her. I love her like a child or a best friend so I strongly recommend looking for a rescued dog and I am sure you can find a loving appreciative and adorable dog that looks like a Chihuahua without having to go to a pet store or breeder.

  • JESSICA says:

    AS A OWNER OF A CHIHUAUA AND A MOTHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN I WOULDN’T RECCOMEND TO ANY PARENT TO BUY OR ADOPT THIS BREED. AS CUTE AS THEY ARE THEY ARE NOT THE FRIENDLIEST ANIMAL TO CHILDREN OR EVEN ANY STRANGER WHO ENTERS MY HOUSE. THEY ARE A PROTECTIVE ANIMAL BEING THAT THEY ARE SO SMALL I THINK THEY FEEL THE NEED TO HAVE A LOUD BARK AND FEROCIOUS DEMEANOR. MY DOG IS TOLERABLE TO MY CHILDREN BUT ANY OF THERE FRIENDS WHO COME OVER TO HAVE PLAYDATES KNOW NOT TO TOUCH HER BECAUSE SHE WILL TRY TO ATTACK. EVEN IF SHE COULDN’T HURT A FLY SHE DOES TRY. I WOULD RECCOMEND A LARGER DOG WHO IS NOT INTIMIDATED BY CHILDREN.

  • Laura says:

    I am not allowed to have pets in my apartment as a rule. People can seriously not expect these dogs will ‘act’ like the characters in the movie. These are professionally trained dogs and with animation to go with it. I will not take my son to see this movie. People wanting dogs after movies is not realistic that is why they do end up in shelters. Every dog has character of their own just as humans and just as any other animal on this planet. So if parents want to take their kids to see this movie and want to get this kind of dog afterwards? I would seriously suggest you do some research on these types of dogs behaviour and look into researching all you can find about these dogs before making a hasty decision. I have seen stars with them and it disgusts me they are not dolls they are not pocket toys they are dogs.

  • Lesley Granger says:

    Sadly people will always want to be noticed even if it means the suffering of others whether it be animals or other humans. But if we want a positive reaction from people we must portray positive stories in the filming and advertising industry. Does that not make sense? or should I say “MONEY”…

  • SASHA says:

    HELLO EVERYONE TO SEB JUST WANTED TO YOU KNOW THAT I DIDN’T SAY I WAS GOING TO BE “RIOTING” OUTSIDE A MOVIE THEATER! AND THERE IS NOTHING “EXTREME” ABOUT PASSING OUT PAMPLETS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT IF THEY PLAN ON GETTING AN ANIMAL DOG TO CHECK OUT THEIR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER FIRST AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION WOULD BE ON THE PAMPLET. SORRY YOU READ INTO MY BLOG IN A NEGATIVE WAY.

  • trish says:

    I at least saw on the Ellen Show that all the dogs in this movie were rescued from an animal shelter…the main dog was actually 1 day away from being put down. But yes! Disney should have a disclaimer at the BEGINNING of the movie.

  • stephanieM says:

    i have always picked up strays off the street and have found them to be loving loyal caring GOOD dogs to own. Why can’t others do the same??? I totally agree with karolina and say that my beagle is my baby my child… I love him so. and this movie sounds VERY stupid. All my children think so.

  • nessa says:

    unfortanly no matter what there is always is and will be a large amount of animals that are brought to shelters or givin away it does not matter if they are “just a fad” there will always be iresponsible pple hopefully one day that will change

  • Michaela says:

    chihuahuas are really cute and i wouldnt be against some one buying one but its like and episode of the simpsons i saw recently maggie has a doll and when lisa takes the ball maggie wants it instead of the doll. some people dont even know what a chihuahua is! and they see a cute puppy in a movie so they want it. imagine if the already had a dog and it was a good dog but a mutt scruffy and unclean. would they give it as much attention if it was up against a cute chihuahua? would the children play with the mutt or the cute chihuahua? people wanted the chihuahua because they saw the movie. if they had been looking for a chihuahua before it was even advertised then ok but imagine they were looking for another dog and saw the chihuahua then bought that instead.what if they were buying the dog off a friend? if the dog new them how would the dog feel if he had to go to a new territory because the owners moved and their friend bought a chihuahua! im only 12 but at least i know this much. im still going to see the movie cause it looks fuuny. i wouldnt be allowed a dog anyway because i own a catkitten. thankyou michaela!

  • Art Stoltz says:

    Six years ago I gave my wife a chihuahua as a gift. She named her Bailey. Bailey has given us more love than we both could ask. Bailey is more than our child. An as all our other chldren we have rised an now has families an on thier own. Having any pet comes all the responsiabilty you need to care for it for its entire LIFE. A Stoltz

  • Shannon says:

    why doesnt disney make that the first credit on all of their animal movies? that way the kids see that because most of the time kids stay fr like the first four credits

  • Debbie Lynchard says:

    I totally agree that buying a dog is a BIG responsiblity. It shouldn’t be taken lightly. Stipulations need to be said when making these movies. I also have to say that ugly things are being said about people without them knowing the whole story. People should not pass judgements on others if they don’t anything about them. I’m talking about responsible breeders. I agree that shelters are main priority but not all breeders are monsters. The ones that are need to be closed down and fast. Hiding under CKC is not the answer.

  • Audrey says:

    I definitely think this movie looks funny and clever but not good enough to cough up the $20 to see it in theaters. However it isn’t Disney’s fault but the stupid pet buyers for any wrongdoings that happen to future chihuahuas. And those are the people we should be targeting.

  • Cherie Cannaday says:

    Just so everyone knows. George Lopez was on Ellen to talk about the movie and most of the dogs in the movie were rescued from shelters then trained for the movie. The point is this there are pure breed dogs in shelters and they are in need of homes too. However there wouldn’t be as many of these dogs there to begin with if people would do some research on the breed before they get them. They are very cute but it takes a certain personality type and activity level to be able to keep one! I prefer a big ole couch potato Great Dane from the shelter over a little hyper dog any day! LOL!

  • samantha dancer says:

    i think the small dog trend was out of control before this movie in a month i found a stray chihuahua whom i took to a shelter and watched someone throw a jack russle terrier out of a minivan! this russle terrier was only a tiny puppy! my husband and i caught him and gave him to my dad the lil guy was named Jack and my dad said he is the best lil dog ever. people treat small breeds as accessories and do not see them as dogs they are not disposable like shoes! they are living things no matter their size and breed and should be treated as dogs not toys!!

  • Kelli says:

    I really appreciate many things that PETA does for the welfare of animals. And I do understand their concern here however I did see the movie with my son and I must say that the credits came far after the disclaimer. The disclaimer actually came right after they did a whole “…and this is what happened to other characters in the movie later in life” bit so it grabbed your attention even more no one left the theater because the credits didn’t roll yet. It was nicely placed and responsible on their part. However we can’t forbid movies like this or stories for fear of uneducated responses. We can do our part educating everyone without choosing a battle like this one. Especially regarding one person’s comment to stand outside theaters and hand out pamphlets…. too extreme. I support many actions and have taken part in numerous outreaches myself but we should choose better battles.

  • heather says:

    i totally agree this movie is blown way out of league i have a chihuhua i rescused him he was badly abused by a family that didnt care he is the sweetest dog but not all of them are like that i have meet some dogs that are very mean and i kno it was the way they were raised but i think if you want a pet u should rescue them they will love you forever and just love them and taking care of any animal is like taking care of a child just remember that people

  • Seb Komor says:

    Standing and rioting outside movie theaters is just gonna make you look bad and create distance and anger towards animal lovers and anti animal abuse org’s. It’s an old fact people get puppieskittens for christmas then for summer vacation the animals are left or abandonedput to sleep..etc as it’s “not as cute anymore” or “family going on vacation”. All of course complete bullshit. What is wrong with people is a good question indeed. One answer is people dont care. Animalspets have become just another toy to play with. Parents to pay enough attention watching children interact with the pets and the most horrible things happen. YOU as a PARENT IS responsible to PAY ATTENTION. YOU as an ADULT should teach and tell your children what is right and wrong when it comes to things like these. YOU as an adult have the RIGHT to say no to your child if they want a puppy where YOU as the parent feel your child isnt responsible enough or old enough to get one or that you know you as a family dont have time or the effort to get a pet. So in the end I dont think blaming Disney is the right approach. Disney makes great family movies enjoyable both for children and adults. Dont blame them..blame yourself blame the parents if anything. You dont have to buy your child a pet simply because they say they want one.

  • John Anderson says:

    Because despite thinking we are soooo intelligent humans on the whole are soooo dumb! Just look at the world around you to prove my point.

  • holli says:

    this is completely true and sad…dogs especially have been used shown off as material items not as animals..just like cell phones when the newest ones come out its the biggest craze but after a month or so you get sick of it and thats how animals are treated its absolutely sickening! its so wrong when i see people stuffing their dogs in little pocket books…dogs have legs they can walk and they like to whats wrong with this society?!?!?!

  • Cassie says:

    i don’t understand people. The Dalmatians for example who would ever think that a dog from a puppy mill or shelter OF COURSE they aren’t going to act the same as a professionally trained dog people can be so stupid something!!! there is nothing i want more in this world then to see every animal who was ever abused and scared for life or living in a horrible shelter to find happy and loving homes i want to help them i don’t know how…any advice? they all deserve the best and to be loved how could anyone hurt a poor defenseless animal??? HOW?

  • joannie says:

    I think that adopting a pet is for life like having a child. You adopt a pet for give love to them not because their in fashion.

  • karolina says:

    i am totally in agreeiance with nicole…i got a chihuahua for my birthday in august and he is sooo great with other peoplechildren and animals alike.i strongly recommend a chiihuahua as a family pet. but you need to know how to raise an animal befor taking one home. And this whole movie thing is defenetly being blown out of proportion.

  • m long says:

    I have a chihuahua and she is very loving and she loves my kids more than anything in the world.She plays with them all the time.I guess it is just a matter of how your dog is raised or if they are exposed to children or not.

  • nicole says:

    nothing makes me madder than this!!! i have a friend that was given a puppy and her husband didn’t like it… so they went on holiday dropped the pup off with the grandparents and suggested that it not be there when they get back!!! they shot the poor thing! my blood boils.. but the worst thing is that the grandmother works at a veterinary clinic and had the resources to find the pup a new home or have it humanely put down… what is wrong with people!!!

  • Becca says:

    I have two chihuahuas and even though they are small they are a huge responsibility. Chihuahuas are not a good pet for families with young children which is probably the target audience for this movie. They can be very protective and since they are small they can be hurt easily by being stepped on or handled too roughly. This movie will certainly do a diservice to the breed.

  • SASHA says:

    HOW ABOUT WE STAND OUT SIDE THE MOVIE THEATERS WITH PAMPLETS ABOUT PUPPY MILS. AND THEN GIVE PAMPLETS OUT ABOUT OUR ANIMAL SHELTERS FILLED WITH DOGSAND CATS THAT NEED HOMES.HOPEFULLY IF SOMEONE WANTS A DOG AFTER SEEING THE MOVIETHEY WILL GO TO THERE LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER.

  • kelly says:

    After all the damage that Paris Hilton did for chihuahuas now we get this incredibly stupid movie Jamie Lee Curtis I love you but what were you thinking with this movie? The puppy mills will be cashing in and abusing more chihuahuas than ever before Please anybody if someone you know says they want a chihuahua PLEASE tell them to stay away from the pet stores and website sales. THEY ARE ALL PUPPY MILL DOGS! And chihuahuas tend not to be so good with kids so try to discourage them and send them to httpwww.stoppuppymills.org

  • Carla says:

    If Disney soo heartly believes in adopting why did they not use a “mutt” instead of a purebreed!?? A chihuahua is certainly not a childs pet!!