Friday morning, dozens of dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill were able to start new lives as the Humane Society of South Mississippi opened adoptions for the rescued pups.
To keep count of the more than 100 families who walked in looking to adopt, each potential mom and dad were given a wrist band. Then, they took their spot in a line that curved all the way around the building.
William Golden and his wife, La Quetta, arrived at the shelter around 5:30 a.m. They were sixth in line. They say they were determined to find a new dog to take home.
"They look at you as if they're saying, 'Come and get me. Take me, because I need somebody to care for me.' I believe that they do need that, so I'm really for adoption," Golden said.
Just like the dozens of people in line, the 54 dogs that were available for adoption seemed ready to meet their new families.
"Some of the team that's here doing the adoptions today are the same teams that pulled these animals from the cages they were living in. It's great to be able to watch the entire process and see them from the squalor that they've lived in their entire lives and go into real homes," Shelter Marketing Specialist Chrystyna Schmitt said.
Those families that gained a new member say they can't wait to give them some TLC.
"We read in the paper that some of them never saw the daylight. They were in barns, and we want to give them a good life. A loving, good life. That's what we want to do," Jerry Fullam said.
There are about 70 other dogs that weren't at Friday's adoption. Shelter leaders say they hope to have those pups available for adoption soon.
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