Meet Canelo, a reserved, 4-year-old shepherd mix with a red-and-black coat . He’s a laidback guy with just a hint of alertness. He prefers to keep watch outside, as he never really understood the appeal of being cooped up inside a house, so a tall-sturdy fence is a necessity. He enjoys soft petting, spending time outside in the yard and socializing with other dogs. He is heartworm positive, but SPCA of Texas is treating this minor setback and his medication is free for whomever adopts him. He’s up to date with the rest of his medical needs: he has been neutered, microchipped and has received all of his age-appropriate vaccinations. He and his buddy, Bruno, are partners in this being-a-dog business. If you like him, you’ll like Bruno. They hope to continue patrolling together, paw-in-paw. His adoption fee is $25. #153126

Canelo is waiting for you at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, 2400 Lone Star Drive (near I-30 and Hampton Road). Hours are noon-6 p.m., Sun-Wed., noon-7 p.m. Thurs-Sat. Regular adoption fees are $250 for puppies, $125 for adult dogs 6 months or older and kittens 0-6 months, $75 for adult cats 6 months or older and $50 for senior dogs or cats 7 years or older and VIP dogs and cats (available for adoption for 30 days or more.) Fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older and a FIV/FeLV test for cats 4 months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies tag and a free leash. Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit today.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 16, 2017.