There were 101, not just Dalmatians, but dogs and cats of every breed, age and color that went to new homes this past weekend after a frenzied free adoption special by Manatee County Animal Services.
Each of the 101 has a story to tell, but perhaps none as tender as that of Eunice, a 13-month-old pit bull mix whose new owner is Melissa Kinder, a bid administrator for TDS Construction of Bradenton.
Kinder is actually a volunteer with Animal Services who worked with Eunice at Animal Services in Palmetto 28 or 30 times over the past four months.
Kinder thought she was socializing Eunice for adoption and also getting over her fear of pit bulls, when all the while perhaps it was Eunice who was evaluating her as a new mommy.
“I thought I was just visiting her, taking her out for the day on Saturdays, taking her home with me overnight once in a while. I didn't plan on adopting her,” Kinder said. “But I liked spending time with her.”
Kinder found Eunice to be sweet and gentle.
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