The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County received fifty-three purebred dogs this week.
Small dogs ranging from Maltese to Poodles were made available to the public, and dozens of lucky families were able to welcome new furry friends into their homes.
The director of this organization says she knew that this event would have a huge response; today marked the first time the animal welfare league conducted a lottery system for people interested in adopting.
“We knew there were going to be more people than there were dogs, so we just wanted to try to come up with something that was fair, ” said Karen Slomba.
These dogs were rescued from the filthy conditions of a puppy mill in Hillsborough County.
The shelter treated all of the animals that were in need of medical attention.
“We want to make sure that we’re giving them the best opportunity to have a good life in good health going into their new homes,” said Slomba.
New owner, Sally Norrid, says she often adopts Chinese Cresteds and was happy to give one a loving home.
“Just excited to see her getting out of a hoarding situation, out of a breading situation and getting the life that she deserves,” says Sally Norrid.
Another owner says that the black poodle she adopted will make a great birthday gift for her seventy-eight-year-old mother.
“I know she’s an older dog, but she seems to be really settled and she seems to be happy with anybody that holds her. I think she’s just going to make a nice pet, ” said Leora Taylor.
The animal welfare league adoption center says that after today’s successful event they only have five dogs left.
If you’re interested in adoption, the center is open everyday from 10 am to 4 pm.