Dog Adoption Post of Man-Hating 'Demonic Chihuahua' Goes Viral

A social media post about a "neurotic, man hating, animal hating, children hating," Chihuahua up for adoption has gone viral.

"Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home," Tyfanee Fortuna, the current foster owner of the dog, Prancer, wrote in an April 7 Facebook post advertising the dog's adoption. "He's literally the Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble."

Fortuna included photos and videos of the two-year-old dog in the post and wrote the Chihuahua is incapable of living with men and "hates them more than women do." She added that the dog is extremely "loyal behind belief" and "offers better protection than capitol security," although the animal will only bond with a female owner.

"He has been with his foster family for several months and is taking longer to get adopted due to his specific behavioral experienced adult-only home with someone who understands how to gradually socialize him and without daily stressors in the home so that everyone is happy and safe, and he can retire from his demon ways," a spokesperson for Second Chance Adoption League in Morris Plains, New Jersey, where Prancer is currently up for adoption, said in an email to Newsweek.

The League confirmed to Newsweek Fortuna's account that Prancer has "fear aggression issues with men and barks and lunges at them when he sees them or if they approach 'his' person," adding that other dogs or cats are also a trigger. The spokesperson confirmed Prancer is still up for adoption as of Saturday.

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The League is a self-described "small group of animal lovers dedicated to really helping the 'underdog,'" according to the organization's Facebook page. The volunteer-based foster provider also posted a promotion for Prancer, calling the dog a competitor for the League's "most terrible dog."

"We are looking to put him in the right situation for his specific behavioral needs to set him up for his success, safety, and happiness," the League wrote in the post. "We will not place him in a home with other dogs, cats, or men as he has demonstrated he cannot live peacefully with them, and even with training it would be an unfair stress to place on him or his adopters. We know in the right living environment without constant triggers he will be a hilarious entertaining little companion and his person is out there."

Prancer's story comes amid a heightened period for dog fostering and adoption. 2020 was an auspicious year for pet adoptions, The Washington Post reported, with shelters and organizations nationwide struggling to keep up with the demand for pets as people locked down at home considered a new best friend. But Cheddar reported that despite surges in foster and adoption, economic costs onset by the pandemic have made it difficult for households to actually keep their pets, and millions of animals could sent to shelters as a result.

"If somebody gets evicted from an apartment where they have a pet, and then their only option might be housing where pets aren't allowed, there's a member of their family who suddenly is at risk," Best Friends Animal Society CEO Julie Castle said to Cheddar.

According to the ASPCA's National Rehoming Survey, the most common reason an owner gives up a cat or dog is because of "problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn't handle."

An adoption post for a "demonic chihuahua" has got viral. A chihuahua stands on the curb outside a shop while its owner shops in Santa Fe, New Mexico Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Prancer arrived at its current foster caregiver "obese, wearing a cashmere sweater with a bacon egg n cheese sandwich stuffed in his crate with him." The dog reportedly belonged to an elderly woman "who treated him like a human" and failed to give Prancer healthy interactions with other dogs.

At first, Fortuna said the new family member gave her optimism. "I was excited to see him come out of his shell and become a real dog."

But the dog's traumatic past ultimately led to a difficult disposition that imperiled the foster provider's home.

"Sprinkle in a little genetic predisposition for being nervous, and you've concocted a neurotic mess, AKA Prancer," Fortuna wrote. "I am convinced at this point he is a not a real dog, but more like a vessel for a traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home."

Prancer's better quality is companionship—"you will never be alone again"—but "if you have people over he would have to be put away like he's a vacuum."

Fortuna concluded the viral post by comparing Prancer to a terrifying killer doll in the 1988 horror film Child's Play: "I know finding someone who wants a Chucky doll in a dogs body is hard, but I have to try."

Updated 3:33 PM ET, to include comment from Second Chance Adoption League.