Two Chihuahua-mix puppies shunned at birth by their mother and nursed by cat have found "forever" homes through a lottery-style drawing, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.
Sandy Curfman of Titusville was among about 30 people who applied to adopt the nine-week-old puppies but didn't expect her name to be drawn Wednesday.
"It's pretty great, the kids are really excited," Curfman said. "We weren't expecting it, so it was kind of a shock."
Curfman will bring home the female Chihuahua-mix puppy to her two daughters, ages 3 and 6, who have become interested in adopting a dog after interacting with their relatives' dogs.
"We wanted to wait to adopt a dog until we had our family complete," the 30-year-old Curfman said. "They've been bugging me to get a dog."
The lottery winner for the male Chihuahua mix puppy was Michael Bragg of Orlando.
The male and female puppies gained news media attention when they were born premature in March and were nursed by a 2-year-old Siamese mix named Nessy alongside four kittens at the SPCA of Brevard in Titusville.
The shelter decided to have a drawing for the adoption of Nessy, the kittens and the puppies. However, the SPCA received no applications for the cat or kittens.
"We got applications just for the puppies, and that was it, which was unfortunate," said Susan Naylor, SPCA spokeswoman. "That was kind of surprising."
Nessy and the kittens will be made available for standard adoption.
The winning applicants will take home their puppies this week on a foster-to-adopt basis since the dogs have not reached 2 pounds, the shelter's threshold in order to spay or neuter, which is an adoption requirement.
"This way they are not waiting to get the puppies," Naylor said. "The animals may not reach 2 pounds for a while."
The puppies, which weigh about 1.5 pounds each, will remain the property of the SPCA while in foster care.
The SPCA has agreed to spay and neuter the puppies if they are still under 2 pounds when they reach at 12 weeks old.