Cruz has never met a stranger. This sweet boy walks up to everyone he ever meets with a huge smile and nuzzles them, hoping for a hug. Because he is an Australian Shepherd he doesn’t have a tail, but his “nub” wags like crazy whenever he is getting some attention. He loves kids and we recommend a family that wants to play with him in the backyard or go for walks, or for someone who wants a running partner or wants a friend to take to the dog park.


Cruz and 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 December 7, 2012.