Bear was adopted by a nice man in 2006. Unfortunately, the man fell on hard times and had no choice but to surrender his pet when he moved to a homeless shelter. He begged the city shelter to be sure the dog got back to Operation Kindness so he would not be put down. Bear is almost 7 and is a lovely boy. He gets along with other dogs, as well as all people. He weighs about 40 pounds and looks like Alf from TV. He’s too cute for words.

Bear and other pets are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open six days a week: Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $110 for cats, $135 for kittens, $150 for dogs over 1 year, and $175 for puppies. The adoption 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 May 11, 2012.