It's pretty rare for a dog to get rescued twice in seven days. Stormy was first rescued from a storm drain on Nov. 25, then from an animal shelter on Sunday.
About two dozen people outside Dallas Animal Services waited for the doors to open so they could put their names in a drawing to adopt one of the stray siblings: Stormy, Sampson or Sadie.
Donna and Mike Carruthers had their name drawn for Stormy and bonded immediately with their new dog. We talked to them before they took him home to their three acres and fenced yard in Fort Worth, where some excited grandchildren would be waiting.
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"Love him. Gonna be great friends," said Donna Carruthers.
"We've been looking for a dog for a couple years and just hadn't found the right one and when we saw that one on the news we said, 'Yeah, that's the one,'" said Mike.
Stormy's sibling Sadie is going home with a couple from Garland.
"Well they've been through a lot of suffering and we just want to give them a good home so they can be happy and safe," said Evelyn Guerra, Sadie’s new owner.
Sampson's got a family with children in McKinney.
"We got lucky enough to get one of the three that were the real famous ones," said Keith Oatman, who said the family will decide soon if Sampson keeps his name or gets a new one.
Shelter workers hoped more good would come from this day and it did. A couple from Irving that signed up for those dogs didn't get them but ended up going home with another one.
The brother and sister from Irving were not discouraged when they didn't get to adopt one of the star attractions.
"We're just going to adopt another dog,” said Amara Voth after she and her brother fell for a lab mix. “Just try to save all these puppies that we can you know."
Quietly in the background of all the adoption excitement stood Lynda Roth. She’s the woman who discovered Stormy and called NBC 5 to see what could be done to get the dog and its family rescued.
“I just wanted to see how the system worked and see that our little guy’s getting a good home and check on mom and dad because I know they’re going to be harder to adopt because they are older,” said Roth.
Both of those dogs are up for adoption at Dallas Animal Services but, after living on the streets, will need a special home as they are not yet socialized.