Rescued Pomeranians ready for adoption

First 11 adopted at Hawaiian Humane Society

 UPDATED 9:21 PM HST May 16, 2013
HONOLULU -

Pomer-MANIA!

That was the scene Thursday morning when the Hawaiian Humane Society made the first 11 pomeranians surrendered earlier this week available for adoption.

Sarah Baoy was among the more than 200 people in line at 9 a.m. hoping to possibly own a pomeranian.

“Hopefully, but the hope is not very, you know, there’s a lot of people here,” said Baoy.

Bill Valvo was carrying his pet Pomeranian as he stood in line.

“We saw the story on line and just thought maybe he could use a little friend and we could help out,” said Valvo.

The mob of wanna-be owners even took the Humane Society by surprise.

"Yeah, we were expecting maybe 50 people," said Humane Society spokeswoman, Christina Kam.

It was a lottery system for the first 11 dogs already sterilized and healthy enough for adoption Thursday.

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Forty-three Pomeranians were rescued from a breeder in Halawa on Tuesday.  She could no longer handle the amount of dogs.

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But before the lottery, ticket holders were briefed on the special care these dogs will need.

"They’ve really been isolated from people a lot and while they're very friendly dogs, they will need to adapt and learn to be a part of your family," said Kam.

These 11 are among the 43 dogs found Tuesday living in filthy conditions at a home in Halawa.  They were surrendered willingly by the breeder.

The anticipation was high when it came time to pull the first ticket.

Princess Cobb was the first winner with ticket number 001 and got her first choice.

"This creme-colored one, I like her,” said Cobb.

Then it was lottery winner number two and Sarah Baoy's pom wish had come true.

"When they called my number, I was so shocked," said Baoy.  "I’m still shaking."

Baoy picked out a white-colored female Pomeranian named Zelda by the shelter.

“There was so many I wanted, but this one is perfect.  I hope I don’t spoil her,” said Baoy.

Baoy said she usually names her dogs Hawaiian names, but planned to keep the name Zelda.

For those who didn’t get a dog on Thursday, they have another chance Friday when the Hawaiian Humane Society holds another lottery for another group of Pomeranians ready for adoption.

The Humane Society also wants to remind folks that besides the Pomeranians, the shelter is stocked full with dozens of other dogs and cats looking for forever homes.

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