ESPN host wears Chihuahuas' jersey on air, donates to Humane Society of El Paso; team unveils Chico's pup pal

EL PASO, Texas - The national attention continues for the El Paso Chihuahuas and their special Bark in the Park dog face jerseys.

ESPN's Keith Olbermann wore one of the jerseys on his show Wednesday.

He also donated to the Humane Society of El Paso? for the jersey and urged his viewers to donate to the organization.

You can donate to the organization during the 21st Annual Humane Society of El Paso Save-A-Life Telethon from 4 pm to 11 pm this Saturday on ABC-7.

And don't forget, the Chihuahuas will wear the special jerseys this Sunday and auction them off during the game.

Standing-room-only tickets are still available for Sunday's game.

Watch Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor talk about the special jerseys and the attention they've received in ABC-7's interview at

Chico's New Pup Pal

In related Chihuahuas news, the team has adopted a female pup Chihuahua from the Humane Society of El Paso.

The as-yet-to-be-named pup will make her debut at the Chihuahuas' Bark at the Park game on Aug. 3.

"We are excited to partner with the Humane Society of El Paso for the new addition to the Chihuahuas," said Brad Taylor, General Manager. "She will be an ambassador for responsible pet ownership and a reminder that these animals can add happiness to other families."

Like thousands of El Paso pets, the Chihuahua was wandering the streets and found without any I.D or a microchip.

She was turned into Animal Services in hopes of finding her owner or owners but was never claimed.  The Chihuahua was moved into the V.I.P. (Virtually Irresistible Pets) section at the city shelter, which allows some animals more time to be adopted prior to being euthanized. Five days after entering the shelter, she was spotted by Kandolite Flores, Associate Director for the Humane Society.

"As soon as I saw her I knew she was the perfect match for the Chihuahuas," Flores said. "She was a little nervous, but let loose and showed us her personality. We know she is going to do great in her new home and be a PAW-esome ambassador for her breed and other rescues."

Flores contacted the Chihuahuas, who adopted the dog on Tuesday after she was transferred to the Humane Society. The pup underwent routine health checks, was microchipped, vaccinated and spayed.

The Chihuahua was put into foster care before joining the team to recover from being malnourished. 

"She'll serve as a reminder to our community about the thousands of animals left behind every year," said Flores. "The Humane Society is happy to be working with the Chihuahuas and thankful for their help with promoting responsible pet parenting and advocating for pets in our community."

With the rescue and adoption, the Chihuahuas are asking fans to help name her.

The Chihuahuas, in conjunction with the Humane Society of El Paso, are asking fans to donate $1 to vote on a name for Chico's new best friend.

Ruby, Lola, Reina, Estrella and Rosa are the choices from which fans can pick.

All proceeds will go towards the Humane Society. Fans can vote at The winner will be announced at the pup's introduction on Aug. 3.

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