Dozens line up for Maltese adoption

Reporter: Nicole Valdes
Published: Updated:

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A line you’d expect to see on Black Friday took hold at Lee County Domestic Animal Services Thursday morning, hours before the shelter opened for business.

More than 100 people stood outside, hoping to take one of 30 Maltese dogs home. The dogs first arrived at the shelter on Wednesday, after Animal Services says their original owner was overwhelmed, and gave them up.

“I was hoping and praying when were in line,” said Michael Jordan, “that we would see a little addition to the Jordan family, and we did.”

All 30 were adopted by noon, taken to their new forever homes by dozens of families.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services Director Mack Young says he and his staff were prepared to handle the large crowd.

“Our staff did an awesome job. Folks started lining up around 8:30 this morning. I was very excited, that’s what it’s all about, getting them in good homes.”

Jordan says he made the trip, and waited in line, to surprise his youngest daughter with a dog for Christmas.

“I could not, not act today, I had to come down. It was just within my power to give my daughter this, so I had to do it. I just had to come today,” said Jordan. “I’m happy and I’m excited to bring another dog into our home again.”


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