North Texas pets deserve safe, forever homes no matter the season, and area rescue organizations are out to save them all. Be a part of these wonderful organizations by picking your next puppy or kitten from one of these five great groups.
Perry Animal Care Center, SPCA of Texas
Price: $95 to $125 puppies 0 to 6 months/$75 kittens
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The shelter is a leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. In an effort to help animals that have been at the shelter for a long time, it offers discounted adoptions. Dogs and cats that have been available for adoption for more than 30 days are considered VIP adoptions and are adopted for $50.00. The adoption fee includes vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, initial heartworm preventative treatment, a leash and a microchip. The SPCA accepts cash, checks and credit/debit cards.
PetSmart in Dallas
Price: cash only/prices vary
Hours: Mon to Sat – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
PetSmart Charities partners with local rescue operations to place homeless animals in forever homes by providing 24-hour housing for former shelter pets until they are adopted. A dog or cat is adopted out after it has been spayed or neutered and has its first round of vaccinations. Representatives from the shelter will ensure you have your questions answered and the necessary resources to provide your new family member with a lasting and loving home.
Price: $125 kittens younger than one year old/$185 puppies younger than one year old
Hours: Mon, Wed – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tues; Thur – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Adoption fees here include spay or neuter surgery, microchip with lifetime registration and appropriate vaccinations. New adopters also receive adoption counseling to help with the selection of the best dog or cat for their homes and pet care, as well as educational materials and a pet-care starter kit with food samples. The shelter is the a non-kill shelter and has helped save the lives of more than 70,000 animals.
Humane Society of North Texas
Price: $50 – $150
Hours: Sun to Fri – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Humane Society of North Texas’ mission is to be an advocate for animals regardless of county lines. The shelter was established in 1905 as the Fort Worth Humane Society. At the time, its mission was to protect children, woman and animals from abuse and neglect. As the organization evolved, so did it’s name to encompass a larger region. Today, it’s focus is on animals, including puppies and kittens. If you are looking to adopt a fury companion stop by the HSNT and meet the numerous animals in need of a loving and lasting home. Pets come spayed or neutered, microchipped and with a free veterinarian visit within five days of the adoption.
Teicha Mailhes is a freelance writer and avid family historian living in North Texas. She has written numerous articles on family history research and has enjoyed speaking about family history research at regional conferences and local genealogical societies. Currently she is working on her first cozy mystery novel. See her work here.