The MSPCA recently acquired 17 Chihuahuas in need of new homes after the dogs were surrendered from a home in Jamaica Plain, according to the organization.
“Our sense is that these dogs may never have left the apartments in which they lived and, as a result, will need time to learn how to walk on a leash, obey some basic commands and so on,” said Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center. “But we’re committed to working with them — and their new owners — to ensure they become excellent canine citizens."
The dogs were surrendered to the MSPCA after their owners, a family split between three apartments in a three-unit building, had to move but were unable to find dog-friendly housing, according to the organization.
The arrival of the Chihuahuas follows last week’s surrender of 45 Ragdoll cats, which was the largest single-home cat surrender in five years to the shelter, according to MSPCA.
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Eleven of the dogs will be available at the MSPCA Jamaica Plain adoption center and the other six will be available at the MSPCA-Cape Cod in Centerville. The centers will be offering free obedience training as part of the adoption fees.