Winners of Hillsborough ‘puppy lottery’ select their rescue dogs

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The puppy lottery has some folks feeling like a million bucks after their names were picked Thursday afternoon, officially becoming new doggy moms and dads for little ones recently rescued in Hillsborough County.

Last Sunday, more than 1,300 people submitted applications for an adoption lottery, hoping their names would be picked.

On Thursday, more than 300 names were drawn as winners of the puppy lottery, as well as 80 alternate names in case people choose not to adopt or don’t show up. 

Applicants who were selected in the lottery were be notified via email on Friday.

Ron Buck was number 12 in the lottery. He told 8 On Your Side that he and his wife were not looking for anything specific, but they will know once they see it.

“Anyone that comes to us, and if the puppy comes to us we will take it,” said Ron Buck.

Ron and his wife stopped at a few kennels, before finally find their new family member.

” Look at her, she’s beautiful. She was kind of waiting for us,” added Buck.

Before heading home, they took a family photo to commemorate the day and they are excited to get Shiloh home.

“She knew she needed a home and she was like you guys are the right ones,” said Cameron Buck.

The Pet Resource Center said they are already planning a reunion in December 2020 for all of these dogs.

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