A group of puppies rescued from a pet shop fire in January garnered enormous attention as a Las Vegas shelter tried to find each one a new home. Now, the Animal Foundation will put the 27 young dogs up for adoption in a most unconventional way: the organization will raffle off the puppies beginning this Friday, in a pricey lottery that costs $250 a ticket.
"Since this story broke in January, we have received hundreds of calls, emails and messages from interested adopters," said Christine Robinson, the Animal Foundation's executive director. "We want to allow everyone interested in adopting one of these dogs the opportunity to adopt. A raffle process is the best way to guarantee everyone receives a chance."
Prospective adopters may purchase as many raffle tickets as they want, but the shelter is instituting a one puppy per home limit in order to satisfy the greatest number of interested animal-lovers. Raffle entry forms include adoption paperwork, which will allow the shelter to weed out unfit candidates before the actual lottery. Additionally, winners will also be required to attend an in-person screening at the Animal Foundation, to ensure that the adoption will be a good fit.