04/09/2012 05:31 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2012

Beyonce, Possibly World's Smallest Dog, Becomes Face Of Pet Adoption Campaign (VIDEO)

When the possibly smallest dog in the world was born last month, the miniature pup was so tiny she could fit into a spoon.

A true survivor, the four-and-a-half-inch dachshund mix named Beyonce is now growing into a healthy pooch, according to the Grace Foundation animal shelter in El Dorado Hills, Calif., where the animal was born on March 8.

Beth DeCaprio, executive director of the charity, told NBC's "Today" show that the shelter had initially planned to put the pup up for adoption.

Instead, the dog will be the face of an adoption campaign to raise awareness of the 3 to 4 million healthy animals euthanized each year because they are too young to be spayed or neutered.

"Spay, neuter and adopt a rescue pet is her message," DeCaprio said on the "Today" show.

The Grace Foundation hopes Beyonce will highlight what has become a growing problem, especially given the fact that Beyonce's mother, Casey, was almost euthanized after being found pregnant and without an owner by animal control. It was only when the Grace Foundation agreed to take Casey in, according to CBS Sacramento, that the dog's life was saved.