This happy ending just got even sweeter: A stray 2-month-old puppy rescued from a West Dallas storm drain on Monday will find a new home this weekend thanks to a drawing hosted by Dallas Animal Services and Adoption.
After receiving a flood of inquiries in the wake of the rescue, Animal Services decided to make the adoption as fair as possible by choosing the puppy's future owners at random in a lottery on Sunday.
"So many people reached out in different ways," Dr. Cate McManus of Dallas Animal Services told TODAY.com. "Between phone calls, emails and social media, we couldn't do it first come, first serve."
Now named "Stormy," the puppy is in good health and has already proven to be very social around people — which comes as a relief to shelter workers. He's currently living with two of his less sociable litter-mates who were also brought to the shelter by a Dallas resident yesterday.
"He's doing great," McManus said. "He was bathed twice today and is looking adorable."
Residents who wish to be eligible for the lottery must stop by Dallas Animal Services at noon on Sunday. McManus hopes that those who don't get to take Stormy home will consider adopting another one of their pets in need of a family.
"We hope that by having people come down they'll get to see all the other great pets we have for adoption," she said.