AUGUSTA — Kennebec Valley Humane Society has 10 small former California residents, all Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mixes, up for adoption.

The animal shelter took in 10 of the small dogs from a partner shelter in California, and all of them are now available to be adopted.

The dogs came from Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center in California.
Melanie Martinez, the Augusta nonprofit shelter’s director of operations and an Augusta native, spent several years living and working in shelters in California before returning to Maine, and said shelters in California have so many small dogs they can languish as it can be hard to find them homes there. But small dogs are very popular in Maine.

“At our shelter in Augusta small dogs are very popular and usually find new homes in a matter of days,” Martinez said in a news release. “We hope that bringing in small dogs will not only help to save them, but also to provide foot traffic in our shelter and generate interest in our local animals in need.”

The California dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on routine vaccinations.

Their adoption fee is $225, up from the usual dog adoption fee of $125, which will help pay for the cost of transferring the dogs.

Private donors to the Rancho Cucamonga shelter contributed funds to pay for the dogs to be flown to Maine, according to the shelter’s website.

More information is available by visiting the shelter on Pet Haven Lane, off Western Avenue in Augusta, calling 626-3491, or online at www.pethavenlane.org.