High-Flying Chihuahuas Grounded in San Francisco

Operation Chihuahua launching from SFO

California Chihuahuas that were scheduled to head east for the holidays to find loving homes will have to wait.

Animal shelters across the state are bursting at the seams with the tiny dogs so the surplus pups were being sent across the country to find new homes. But Mother Nature is throwing a monkey wrench into the plan.

Storms settled into the northeast over the weekend, dumping several feet of snow on the region. The four-legged jet setters were scheduled to board a Virgin America plane Tuesday from San Francisco International Airport bound for New York, where there's a demand for the breed. It's a mission complete with a covert name: Operation Chihuahua.

But now, instead of a high-style, red-carpet, treat-filled send off Tuesday, the dogs will be staying at the shelter for a little longer. Dogs that are still available come early January, when a new trip is planned, will make the cross-country journey in search of new homes.

The Chihuahuas, ranging in age and personalities, will be available for adoption at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Take a look and see if your best friend is waiting for you.

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