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Posted November 12, 2019 | 11:16 AM

What's Next for Over 300 Rescue Puppies?

These popular pups have created queries, and we have answers

In September 2019, Pet Resource Center (PRC) was awarded custody of more than 300 dogs living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions as part of an animal-breeding business in Tampa.

Many questions about these precious pooches have flooded PRC's Facebook page and kept Hillsborough County's customer service line ringing off the hook. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and a few answers to help keep you in the know.

Can I still put in an application for these dogs?
No. In an effort to be as fair as possible, only applications submitted on the event day will be considered for the live lottery portion of the process.

How will applicants be selected to adopt a dog?
PRC staff will pre-screen every application, and qualified applicants will be randomly selected to adopt by lottery. Applications will be screened to ensure residents are not on the Animal Abuse Registry or the County's Enjoinment List, which prohibits them from owning pets, and that they do not have any current pet citations.

Is there any preference being shown to Hillsborough County residents?
All applications will be given equal weight and pre-screened by PRC staff. Adopters will be chosen at random by lottery. Hillsborough County residents chosen to adopt a dog will receive a $50 discount on adoption fees.

When will I know if I'm selected to adopt a dog?
Those randomly selected to adopt will be notified via email after the live lottery has occurred.

Please understand, due to the high levels of interest and large number of dogs, there is no guarantee that each selected adopter will be able to adopt a dog or adopt their first preference of breed, age, or gender. Those selected to adopt who choose not to adopt one of the Diana Street Dogs will receive a voucher for 50% off another ready-to-go PRC dog.

If I'm selected, when can I adopt?
Potential adopters will receive a notification email that they have been selected. That notification will contain information for when and where to go to adopt a dog.

Please understand, due to the high levels of interest and large number of dogs, there is no guarantee that each selected adopter will be able to adopt a dog or adopt their first preference of breed, age, or gender. Those selected to adopt who choose not to adopt one of the Diana Street Dogs will receive a voucher for 50% off another ready-to-go PRC dog.

Do I have to come on the Adoption Day to pick my dog?
If selected, the applicant must be present on Adoption Day. Photo IDs will be verified on Adoption Day. If the ID of the person adopting is not the same as the ID on the application, the application will be disqualified.

Can I adopt more than one dog?
Due to the high interest in these dogs, only one adoption will be allowed per household.

Is there anything I should know about these dogs?
Dogs rescued from puppy mills may have ongoing behavioral and medical needs. If you or your family are interested in adopting a dog from this case, please keep this in mind. More information will be provided on Application Day and Adoption Day.

What if I decide I don't want the dog after I adopted it, or if I find that the dog has extensive medical issues and I wish to return it?
All dogs are adopted in 'as-is' condition. If a dog is to be rehomed it must be done through Pet Resources for the first three years following adoption. The adopter may return dogs to PRC, however, no refunds or adjustments in price will be made for any reason.

Why are the adoption fees so high for these dogs?
The adoption fee is $450 for puppies under six months old and $300 for dogs over six months old. A $50 discount is being offered to residents of Hillsborough County.

Given the high demand for these dog breeds, PRC has increased fees to deter any reselling for profit. All of the funds raised from these adoptions will go directly to veterinary equipment that will help PRC in any future puppy mill seizures, hoarding cases, and other investigations.

Can I see what dogs or breeds are available?
Dogs are still being prepared for adoption. They will be on-site for selected adopters to meet on Adoption Day. Breeds, ages, and gender of the dogs are not available at this time.

How can I get more information?
You can follow the PRC Facebook page for updates on these pets. Notifications for new posts can be turned on by making sure to utilize the 'See First' feature. For specific questions related to pets currently in the care of the shelter, residents are encouraged to reach out via Facebook, the Hillsborough County customer service line at (813) 272-5900, or by visiting the shelter in person. Representatives will not have additional information pertaining to the seized dogs other than what is listed in this article.

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