GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More than a dozen Yorkshire Terriers now have a second chance at a happy home.
The Yorkies were rescued from poor conditions on April 5, and brought to the Humane Society of South Mississippi.
Eighteen of the puppies where available for adoption on a first come, first serve basis Saturday morning. .
"It's pretty emotional. It's not every day that I come to work and there's a lot of people out the door interested in saving lives," said Maren Slay, marketing director for the shelter.
Some people got in line as early as 1:30 in the morning for the opportunity to give one of the rescued puppies a forever home.
"Oh my goodness, they're so sweet," said hopeful adopter, Donna Stiles.
Ever since the 28 Yorkies and lab mix were rescued from poor conditions from a home in Gulfport, Slay says the interest has been overwhelming.
"Calls, emails, faxes. Just people from all over the state, all over the country, interested in finding these dogs a home," said Slay.
For many of the canine lovers, picking the perfect pup isn't an easy task. However, it's a task pet owners say they are happy to have.
"It'll be a blessing for them, I think. It will be good," said Geno Walton, who already has two Yorkies and came to the shelter to find them a new playmate.
Before making their decisions, adopters spent time getting to know the puppies.
"You feel bad that they're mistreated and, hopefully, all of them will go to a good home," said Mike Bond.
The adoption fees cover spay or neuter costs, vaccinations, a bag of food and a visit to the vet, among other expenses.
Other dogs that were rescued from the home can not yet be adopted due to age, or health. The humane society says the lab mix was still available for adoption Saturday morning.