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Elderly Chihuahua Siblings Mikey and Mimi among 100 Pets Available for Adoption after Being Flown from New Orleans to Massachusetts

MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter Receive Newest Arrivals with Help from Greater Good Charities, The Animal Rescue Site and Hill’s Pet Nutrition

BOSTON and Salem, Mass., Aug. 24, 2021 – It’s not every day that two elderly Chihuahua siblings arrive at animal shelters operated by Boston’s MSPCA-Angell and the Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in Salem, but that’s just what happened when Mikey and Mimi were flown to Massachusetts from Louisiana on Aug. 23 along with 100 kittens and cats.

Mikey and Mimi are just two pets who were living in several overpopulated shelters in Louisiana.  The siblings were surrendered after their previous owner died and now they, along with dozens more kittens and cats—as well as a 12-year-old Dachshund named Pierre—will be available for adoption this Friday, Aug. 27.

Apply to Adopt at Friday’s Adoptathon!

Interested adopters can sign up via and to set up an appointment to meet the new arrivals.  The shelter expects the dogs, namely Mikey and Mimi—both exclusively available at the MSPCA-Cape Cod in Centerville, Mass.—will be adopted quickly.

“Clear The Shelters!”

Mikey and Mimi’s arrival was facilitated by NBCUniversal Local, Greater Good Charities, The Animal Rescue Site and Hill’s Pet Nutrition—organizations that worked in concert to arrange for two planes, packed with pets, to leave New Orleans for New Jersey—where one plane delivered 66 dogs to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.

The second plane—containing Mikey, Mimi, Pierre and the remaining cats—continued on to Massachusetts, where the animals were settled into the MSPCA’s Cape Cod adoption center and NEAS’ Salem shelter that same day.

The transport marks the opening day of NBCUniversal Local’s month-long 2021 Clear The Shelters campaign, which runs through Sept. 19 and promotes pet adoption and fundraising.  Since its inception in 2015, Clear The Shelters has helped more than 500,000 pets find homes—with many thousands adopted from the MSPCA and NEAS.

In addition to helping fund the flight mission, The Animal Rescue Site is donating much needed supplies, and Hill’s is donating more than 6,000 pounds of pet food to support the animals.

“We’re profoundly thankful to these organizations for offsetting the massive costs associated with bringing these pets to Massachusetts,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell and executive director of NEAS.

“We could never do this important work without them—and we’re proud to align with organizations like Greater Good, which is now the single largest animal shelter pet airlift in this movement’s history,” he added.