There's Chloe, the 3-year-old deaf Chihuahua who was found in a Dumpster and looks much older than her age because her owners didn't care for her properly.
There's Tiger and Candy, 11-month-old poodle Chihuahua mixes who lost their homes when their family changed jobs and could no longer keep them.
And then there are Jake and Abby, 8-week-old Chihuahua mixes who are living in a foster home until they are old enough to be adopted. All these dogs are waiting to be adopted from Lodi's Animal Friends Connection Humane Society.
"It's a nightmare for Chihuahuas," said Patricia Sherman, the president of the rescue organization.
During the past year-and-ahalf, Sherman has noticed an increase in the number of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes in shelters throughout the state, and it has gotten worse during the last six months.
Her rescue organization has some litters not old enough to be adopted yet. She's seen some shelters with more than 50 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and because there is such a large amount, it makes them hard to adopt.
Traditionally, shelters have always had trouble placing pit bulls or pit bull mixes because there were so many of them. Sherman said the situation with Chihuahuas might have surpassed that.
One of the reasons it is harder to adopt out Chihuahuas is because they do not have as much fur as other breeds.
"People like the fru-fru fuzzy dogs," she said. "Chihuahuas have a huge plus because they just need a bath every three or four weeks."
She said the three or four pound Chihuahuas adopt quicker than the larger, sixto 10-pound purebred or mixes.
Sherman receives e-mails from shelters around Northern California looking for rescue organizations to help the dogs. She has to put a limit on how many the Lodi rescue organization takes.
"There's so many of them. We can't find homes for them," she said.