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It was an amazing turnout as 11 rescued Pomeranians were available for adoption on Thursday.
A total of 43 Pomeranians were rescued from a home in Halawa on Tuesday.
By the time the Hawaiian Humane Society opened its doors at 9 a.m., the place was packed with people eagerly waiting to take one home.
David Williams arrived to the Humane Society the night before.
“We had a baby Pomeranian that we raised in the Philippines, me, my wife, and my son. When we moved here, we couldn’t bring it with us,” Williams said.
Williams didn’t get one.
Folks had high hopes and had good reason to be a proud owner.
“I’ve had Pomeranians for years and our last one just passed away three weeks ago. I’m looking forward to this,” adoption hopeful Linda Maballo said.
“They’ve been held up in cages for so long. I just want to do something good for the dogs and find them a good home,” adoption hopeful Dexter Magday said.
Maballo and Magday didn’t get one either.
Numbers were handed out and a lottery was held, so it came down to the luck of the draw.
Chris Baxa was practically in shock when his number was called. The hard part was deciding which dog to pick.
“I didn’t think I’d win. Two hundred people. I didn’t think I’d win,” said Baxa. “They’re all really cute. It’s just a matter do I go with young or do I go with someone fully grown?”
More than anything else, they were grateful and happy to provide the dogs a new home.
“I’m happy. My girlfriend’s always wanted a Pomeranian, so to me it’s a blessing,” new dog owner Michael Reier said.
“I’ve always wanted one, but I couldn’t afford one. Now, it’s affordable,” new dog owner Sarah Baoy said.
Five other dogs were also adopted on Thursday by those who didn’t get one of the Pomeranians.
The Humane Society will hold another lottery on Friday at 9 a.m. The adoption fee is $65.
Donations are also needed to offset the extra cost of caring for the dogs.
To donate, visit the Humane Society’s website.