GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some people camped-out all night at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport just for the opportunity to give some rescued animals a new home and a fresh start. Forty-two dogs that were seized during a puppy mill raid in Stone County last week were offered for adoption Friday.
More than 100 people showed-up throughout the day, hoping to give those animals permanent homes. Many stood in line for hours, waiting anxiously for the doors of the Humane Society to open at 10 AM. Carole Thompson had been camping-out since 4:15 Thursday afternoon.
"I have the lucky number one today. That means I get the dog that I have had my eye on for the last two weeks. It's a little light brown female terrier Shih Tzu mix," said Thompson.
The 42 dogs up for adoption included popular breeds like Yorkies, Poodles, and Chinese Cresteds. As each person entered the room, their hearts melted.
"I want to hold her," one woman said.
"You're going home with me," said another woman.
And one woman said, "You are just as cute as you are in the picture."
The Gulfport shelter expected a big crowd.
"I think when we see animals like this in need and you see what deplorable conditions they come from, and then we have an opportunity to help them. Look at all the people that are showing up to do just that. It's heartwarming," said Tara High, Humane Society of South Mississippi Director.
Brandy Hebert brought her two children to see the Pomeranian she picked out.
"This is Cosmo," she said.
"Can I buy her a dress?" her daughter asked.
The family came from Meridian.
"It's emotional," said Hebert. "It's our family member and she's finally going to have a good life."
And it didn't take Carole Thompson long to find her precious pooch.
"It's so wonderful, because the days I was up volunteering and holding her and I thought: Oh, if I could just hold her and know she was mine, and now I can," said Thompson. "My daughter is on her way home and she is going to be so excited tonight when she sees this baby."
More than 100 people showed-up, but not everyone adopted a dog. Eight of the rescued animals are still available. Remember, the adoption fee is $150, and that includes spaying or neutering, micro-chipping, shots and other costs.