(KCBS)—Animal Shelters across California are overflowing with Chihuahuas—that’s right, the smart and lovable breed is in trouble. Hundreds of these guys and gals are in need of rescue.

Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA, said that up to 30 to 50 percent of shelters are full with Chihuahuas.

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“We think it has to do with the popularity that surged after a very popular movie called “Beverly Hills Chihuahuas” but it may be also because they are great dogs,” she said.

To help, Scarlett said that owners should first: Make sure they get their Chihuahuas spayed and neutered. The San Francisco SPCA is offering free spays and neuters until May 31. Second: If you’re considering getting a dog. Consider getting a Chihuahua.

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“These are more than small yippy dogs,” Scarlett said. “They are full of personality, quite trainable and they are fantastic to be around. But like with any dog, you want to make sure that you have enough time to spend with them and train them.”

For more information, you can check out the San Francisco SPCA. Or if you want to see Chihuahuas in action, you can come to Dolores Park in San Francisco on May 18 for the “The Whole Enchihuahua” — the third annual awareness event where several of the Bay Area’s rescue and adoption agencies will be onsite to help you find your new best friend.

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