Shelter pups win the doggy lottery at
Hoosier Lottery's Arfpocalypse

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2013) -  Last week's Arfpocalypse the Zombie Dog Fest connected dozens of animal shelters from around the state with more than 2,200 dog lovers and resulted in four shelter dogs winning the ultimate doggy lottery - finding their forever homes.   

ARF 1Two dogs, Sissy and Luna, from the Owen County Humane Society hit the doggy jackpot at Arfpocalypse. Both pups came to the event with the Owen County Humane Society and left with new owners and forever homes.

Rescue Farm in Poland, Ind. went home with one less dog than they came with after one of their adorable pups, Vicki,  found a new home and new "parents" Adam Horst and Martina Bell of Indianapolis at Arfpocalypse. 

Pringle, a lucky dog from the New Albany Floyd County Humane Society also won the doggy lottery at Arfpocalypse when Hoosier Lottery Sales Representative Chris Thacker gave her a forever home. Thacker was working the event for the Hoosier Lottery but couldn't help making one pup's dreams come true.

"We have always had dogs as part of our family, we lost a few of our four legged friends over the last few years. We wanted our 3-year-old son (Martin) to have a companion and enjoy the company of our animals. While working at the event, I spoke with the good people of the New Albany shelter. I noticed Pringle and her gentle demeanor. She is a beagle/hound mix just shy of two years old. We are happy to have her in our lives and I hope more animals can find their forever homes." said Thacker, a senior sales representative with the Hoosier Lottery. 

Arfpocalypse participants Gracie's Heart of Gold Rescue in Marion doesn't allow on-the-spot adoptions because they require in home visits with potential owners. They were able to line up in-home visits with six of their eight adoptable dogs and are working to meet with the families to finalize the adoption process for all six.

"It looks like of the eight that we brought that were adoptable, six have great applications in place," said Kim May president and co-founder of Gracie's Heart of Gold Rescue.

Arfpocalypse raised awareness

Other shelters expressed appreciation for the opportunity to raise awareness and get their dogs in front of potential owners in a fun setting.

"Even without breaking the record for dog costumes, Arfpocalypse was a great day! We at ARPO had several dogs that had people show interest in them and may have there forever home," said Joseph Cmiel of Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership in Fishers. "And that made it a great day for those dogs."

"Even though we didn't break the record, it was still a lot of fun," said Opy Rogers of the Fulton County Humane Society. "I met and networked with several other shelters so at least bringing us all together will surely save more lives for a shelter animal."

"Whenever we have the chance to get our dogs out and get them more acclimated to different situations, people, etc. it is a good day for us," said Becky Schneider of Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue. 

"On behalf of everyone at the Allen County SPCA, I want to thank the folks at the Hoosier Lottery for the lengths to which they've gone to advocate for shelter pets," said  Director of the Allen County SPCA, which also provided four of the recently adopted dogs featured on the Hoosier Lottery's Lucky Dog Scratch-off ticket.  "We had a great time at Arfpocalypse and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the adorable, costumed dogs."

Some of the fun, creative doggy costumes at Arfpocalypse can be found on the Speedway Animal Shelter's Facebook page. 

Arfpocalypse was the largest of a dozen animal adoption events the Hoosier Lottery hosted around the state throughout the fall.  Speedway Animal Shelter was one of nearly 100 Hoosier animal shelters the Hoosier Lottery partnered with in the Lucky Dog initiative which seeks to raise awareness of adoption opportunities around the state. The Lucky Dog Scratch-off featured 10 adoptable dogs from shelters in Clark County, Marion County and Allen County and directed players to a dedicated Lucky Dog page at hoosierlottery.com for information on local adoption opportunities.

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