From Staff Reports
Pamper-your-Pet-logoFor many people, especially for many of us in the LGBT community, our pets are more than pets. They are our family. That’s why every July, Dallas Voice presents our “Pamper Your Pets” issue.

Dallas Voice is — and for many years now, has been — pleased to partner with Operation Kindness to publish our Pet of the Week feature. And we are always thrilled when one of our featured pets finds its forever home. For instance, just this month, Pamela Curry celebrated the one-year anniversary of the day she adopted her cat, Bonnie.

Operation Kindness is the longest standing, no-kill shelter in North Texas. In its 40 years of operation, the agency has saved more than 85,000 cats and dogs. Today, Operation Kindness cares for about 300 cats and dogs daily, with another 150 in foster homes.

Within the last year, Operation Kindness has provided medical care, clean shelter and food for more than 4,500 homeless dogs and cats. Tours of the facility are available from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., by appointment only. Operation Kindness is a strictly nonprofit organization and receives no government funding.

Ordinarily, you will find our Pet of the Week on the first page of our “Gay Agenda” section each week, in a smallish box with info on and a photo of one dog or one cat. But this week, since it is our “Pet Issue,” we wanted to expand our pet of the week and give you more options.

So please meet Buster and Meowth.

Buster is a Pug mix who, at about 2 years old, weighs about 45 pounds. He is a sweet and loving dog found as a stray more than a year ago. He has since been completely vetted and is ready for a new family to love. He is a little heavy for his six and could stand to lose a few pounds, but he will be a loyal and loving companion to his new family members.

The fee to adopt Buster is $185.

On the feline side of things, meet Meowth (and yes, that is a Pokemon).

Meowth is a domestic longhair mix who is about 3 months old and weighs in at a mere 2 pounds. She’ll probably grown up to be a medium-sized cat. At such a young age, she has yet to develop her own unique personality, but like most kittens she’s sure to be full of love and energy — enough to entertain her new family for hours.

The fee to adopt Meowth is $135.

For information on these or other adoptable pets, contact Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton. The shelter is open six days a week: Monday, 3-8 p.m., Wedesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m., Friday, noon-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The shelter is closed on Tuesdays. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm testing for dogs, leukemia and FIV testing for cats and more. Those who adopt two pets at the same time get a $20 discount.

Here is an alphabetical list of some animal shelter/animal adoption agencies available around the DFW Metroplex. Inclusion on this list does not indicate any kind of endorsement from Dallas Voice.

• Animal Rescue Of Texas
4447 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 110
Dallas, 75205

• Arlington Animal Shelter
1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, 76018

• Arlington Humane Society
7817 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, 76001

• Dallas Animal Services (Main Location)
1818 N Westmoreland Road
Dallas, 75212

• DFW Humane Society  
4140 Valley View Lane
Irving, 75038

• Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Shelter
4900 Martin St., Fort Worth, 76119

• HART Of Texas
(Humane Animal Rescue Team)
Irving, 75015 • 877-738-4278

• Humane Society Of North Texas
1840 E. Lancaster Ave.
Fort Worth, 76103

• Humane Society of Dallas County/Dog and Kitty City
2719 Manor Way
Dallas, 75235 • 214-350-7387

• Lexee’s Legacy Inc
1437 Halsey Way
Carrollton 75007

• Operation Kindness
3201 Earhart Dr.
Carrollton, 75006

• Prairie Paws Adoption Center
2222 W Warrior Trail
Grand Prairie, 75052
972-237-8575 /City-Departments/Animal-Services

• Rowlett Animal Control
4402 Industrial St.
Rowlett, 75088

• Second Chance SPCA
1700 J Ave
Plano, 75074

• SPCA of Texas
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, 75212

• Tri-City Animal Shelter
1150 E Pleasant Run Road
Cedar Hill, 75104

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 15, 2016.