TAMPA (WFLA) – Nearly 300 dogs who experienced neglect and lived in deplorable conditions are getting ready to find their forever homes.
The dogs were seized from a Tampa breeder in September, and have since been on the mend, and truly coming back to life.
Over the weekend, more than 1,300 people applied to enter a lottery to adopt a dog. The drawing for the lottery took place Thursday afternoon.
The names were drawn at random by Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion, who recently created the #puntsforpups program with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
Applicants will be notified by email on Friday of their status. Those chosen to adopt will select and pick up their dogs on Nov. 17.
However, the Pet Resource Center in Hillsborough County says there are plans in place to keep an eye on the dogs.
“We have three annual check-ups on the dogs to make sure they are still in the adoptive home,” said Scott Trebatoski, Department Director at the Pet Resource Center.
He says they hope to have a reunion each year for three years where those who adopted dogs can show they are well taken care of.
If someone doesn’t accept the invitation, or cannot go, the Pet Resource Center will either make a phone call or visit the home where the dog is living.
Anyone who breaks the adoption contract could face a $500 fine or have the dog taken away.
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