Agatha and her littermates were abandoned puppies that were brought to Operation Kindness from East Texas. They spent a couple of weeks in foster care until they were old enough to go up for adoption. By their size and coloring, we feel that these pups are Akita mixes. They are around 9 pounds at 8 weeks of age; so, they should get to be fairly large when grown.

Agatha 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 25, 2012.