DJango is our featured pet of the week from the animal shelter in Texarkana. He is a young, mixed breed pup that would make a great family pet. He likes to romp and play. He is a fun-loving boy.

DJango caught my eye as I walked through the hold area of the shelter last week. His personality was like an arm catching me as I walked by. DJango oozes happiness. In our brief meeting through the gate I realized this dog was something special so much so that I made a note on his card that I would be his safety net if he wound up on the EU list (that’s the list of dogs that will be euthanized). I had a bit of a panic moment this week when I went to the shelter and I didn’t see him in the hold area but I found him on the adoption floor. I couldn’t resist taking him out to the play area and making him the featured pet this week.

DJango and I had so much fun getting to know each other. He is an awesome dog. He is not very old and appears to be one of those dogs that enjoys being with his people more than anything else. DJango is very playful and a bit clumsy so I do not recommend that he go to a home with small children; 10 years old and above would be best.

DJango likes to chase a Frisbee but he couldn’t figure out to bring it back so I could throw it again. I think he would love a fluffy, stuffed toy.

Please take time to share his information and videos. This is a great dog that deserves a great home.

VIDEOS

DJango was slow to want to come out of the kennel area but as you can see by this video, he warmed up quickly. I got a dog-tongue bath.

DJango really cut loose by the time we had been outside for about ten minutes. He was having a blast.

If you are interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring a dog, please contact Bertha at the animal shelter by calling 870-773-6388, option 3. If you sponsor a dog that means that you will pay the fee to have the dog fixed and get a rabies vaccination. Once that is done, the adoption fee will only be $40, which makes it much easier to get a dog adopted from the shelter.The Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Ark., is our only animal shelter in town. They have a few hundred dogs and cats that need to be reclaimed or adopted. Room is always an issue at a city animal shelter. We feature an animal each week to help get the word out about many of these great pets.

Please visit the shelter's Facebook page to see if there is an animal there that you would be interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring.

NEW shelter Facebook page

It is so unfortunate that there are so many dogs and cats euthanized every week in our local shelter. It is up to the community to prevent it. Spay and neuter your pets. Volunteer to help educate citizens about the need to fix their animals. Share this post on your Facebook page and Tweet about it, too.

The shelter's adoption fees range from $40 to $144, depending on the gender and size of the animal or whether they have been spayed or neutered yet. You can also have your pet microchipped for only $20 right at the shelter. That way if your pet is ever lost, he or she can be returned to you quickly.

If you would like to foster a dog contact the shelter to get information about dog rescues in our area that can help.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 203 Harrison St., Texarkana, Ark. 71854 and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM and 5PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM.