Belle is a pure-bred, long-haired, black-and-tan German shepherd, about two-and-a-half years old and weighing about 90 pounds. She would be a great companion for an active person willing to go on daily walks, and with a large yard where she can run and play. She has had obedience training, but is a bit rusty, especially if she gets out without a leash. She will run through the neighborhood and not come back until she is ready. Belle is also 15-20 pounds overweight, and needs a companion who will monitor her eating.

Other pets are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open six days: Monday, 3-8 p.m.; closed Tuesday; Wednesday, 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 cost is $110 for cats, $135 for kittens, $150 for dogs over 1 year, and $175 for puppies. The cost includes the spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm test for dogs, leukemia and FIV test for cats, and more. Those who adopt two pets at the same time receive a $20 discount.

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