Join the San Francisco SPCA for "The Whole Enchihuahua"

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Visit Dolores Park on May 18 for a fun-filled day that includes a doggie costume contest, adoptions, live music, food trucks, and pet-related vendor booths.

2012 Costume Contest Winner (tie), Tucker. Photo credit: Kira Stackhouse

The Whole Enchihuahua aims to educate the public about Chihuahua overpopulation, while giving San Franciscans an excuse to spend a fun day in the park amongst adorable dogs!

The San Francisco SPCA proudly presents the third annual Whole Enchihuahua event in Dolores Park on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from noon to 3 p.m. The highlight of the event will be a contest, starting at 2 p.m., to crown the cutest dog in San Francisco (all breeds are welcome). Costumes are highly encouraged!

"We're hosting this event to raise awareness about Chihuahuas," said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA co-president. "Chihuahua mixes represent a disproportionately large and growing percentage of dogs in Bay Area shelters. The Whole Enchihuahua aims to educate the public about Chihuahua overpopulation, while giving San Franciscans an excuse to spend a fun day in the park amongst adorable dogs!"

Registration for the contest takes place from noon to 1 p.m. The first, second, and third place winners will receive fabulous prizes from 7x7, the SF SPCA, Wag Hotels, K-9 Scrub Club, Happy Hounds Massage, Mijo & Bambi, and more.

Other event highlights include food trucks, live mariachi music, an exciting dog rally training course, free dental checks for dogs, PuppyFlix, DogTime Media, Ask-A-Trainer, Ask-A-Vet, City Dog Share, and adoptable animals from both the SF SPCA and its rescue partners.

The SF SPCA is also offering Chihuahua-related promotions through May 31, 2013. All Chihuahua mixes can receive free spay/neuter surgeries at the SF SPCA's Spay/Neuter Clinic. San Francisco residency is not required, and details are available at In addition, SF SPCA adoption fees will be waived for all Chihuahua mixes. To view Chihuahuas available for adoption, visit

For more information on the event, visit

The Whole Enchihuahua is made possible with the support of our community of pet-friendly businesses, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, and our partner 7x7.

The San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. The SF SPCA has volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit

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