"They just won the #DogLottery," actor Justin Long wrote in a comment on the post.It's a remarkable ending for Ollie and Maggie, but luck wasn't always on their side.The four-legged besties were separated at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa, Florida, when they arrived on Oct. 18. It is important to keep bonded dogs together, especially through any new process, as separation anxiety can occur, according to Scott Trebatoski, department director of the shelter. He believes the animals were separated because of kennel space constraints.
Meanwhile, word of the dogs' plight started making the rounds. It was clear to Rescue Me Tampa, an independent volunteer organization that aims to get shelter dogs adopted, that these dogs were bonded from the moment they met them.
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"Please consider these 2 together," the organization wrote in an Oct. 26 Facebook post. "They just lost everything they knew and loved. Although not kennelled together or listed as bonded they have lived together since they were pups so that in our opinion is BONDED!!"A few days later, the Pitbull Mafia, a small group of dog-loving friends who rescue dogs at risk of euthanasia from local county shelters, stepped in.
Michelle Baker, a member who helped rescue Maggie and Ollie, says that upon releasing the dogs, they were immediately treated for a severe reaction to flea infestation, malnourishment and upper respiratory infections; she also said they were approximately 10 pounds underweight, according to the veterinarian the group took them to. Both dogs were treated with two antibiotics, flea and heartworm medication and high-protein dog food.“The vet has reported that with a little TLC and time, they’ll be just fine,” Baker told TODAY.
Trebatoski, meanwhile, told TODAY that the dogs were in good physical condition and had an ideal body weight. According to their intake records, Ollie was 48.5 pounds and Maggie was 43.5 pounds.
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Maggie’s freedom walkAfter treatment, the dogs were fostered by Patrick and Kim Thorpe for about two weeks before Frankie’s Friends, a national organization based in Tampa, contacted Bautista. The actor , an ambassador for the organization, has donated several times and even got Marvel Strike Force to donate up to $50,000 to the organization as well. They knew he would be the perfect fit for Maggie and Ollie.Bautista responded in minutes. A few days later, on Nov. 12, he met the dogs for the first time. He fell in love and adopted them on the spot. The connection was mutual, according to Lisa Bricker, the director of development at Frankie’s Friends.
“He has an amazing heart for animals, but I think what is even more beautiful about how he connects with pit bulls is that it's just such a seamless, loving, humble way that he reaches out to dogs and he really connects,” Bricker told TODAY. “If you look at this Instagram, I'm not sure which one was already lying on his lap, but they hadn't even been there four hours.”Maggie and Ollie Bautista, as they're now known, are happily living at their forever home with their famous dad.“Their ending could have been so much different — like so many poor souls don't get that lucky," Jessica Yingst, one of the page administrators for Rescue Me Tampa, told TODAY. "And these two are just a fairy-tale ending for two perfect dogs."
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