There are hundreds of pets in shelters across East Texas right now, waiting for an awesome home like yours.  And it's National Pets Day, so today is the perfect day to go get one, like our super cuddly and slightly spazzy Libby.  Have you browsed through these Tyler and Longview shelters?

We stumbled upon Libby one Saturday afternoon as we were out doing errands, and the girls fell in love with her.  A shelter group had cages set up at a pet store and we got completely sucked in, which is precisely why most parents run fast the other way when they're within a fifty foot radius of cute dogs that need homes.  But we had been looking and talking about adding a new pet anyway, so it all worked out.

Libby is a Mini Pin-Chihuahua mix and there may be a couple of other blends in there too, we're not too sure.  All we know is that she's always happy, she has lots of energy but not so much that it's annoying, and she's the best lap dog ever.  We call her boomerang because we have to gently push her off when we'd like to get up off the couch, and the minute we sit back down again she comes right back to us like, well, a boomerang.  She knows our daily routine, goes outside when she has to go, she listens better than the kids do, and she loves us.

I can't imagine Libby with any other family, and I don't like thinking about what might have happened to her if we had not stumbled upon the pet rescue group's adoption event that day.  Dogs are euthanized every day, and the only way we can keep that from happening is to adopt, adopt, adopt.

In Tyler, check out these places today so little squirts like Libby can have a great life full of treats, back yards, and cozy laps.

Courtesy of Pets Fur People
Courtesy of Pets Fur People

That's a no-kill sanctuary in Tyler for cats and dogs, that gives animals a temporary home while they wait for their permanent back yard and living room.  Click HERE for the Adoptable Pets page, and to fill out the pre-adoption paperwork there too.

In fact, one of our sister station highlights a pup from there once a week.

The SPCA of East Texas:

Adoption Center - 5318 Old Bullard Road

The SPCA says on its website that it's open on Saturdays and they'll have Adoption Counselors on hand to introduce you to adoptable dogs in person.  You can also fill out an application online now to start the process.

One that we visited recently was in Longview in their enormous, 23,000 square feet animal care and adoption center.

Jason Eisenberg | TSM
Jason Eisenberg | TSM

Whether you adopt a dog or a cat, big or small, you will be the highlight of that pet's whole life.  Think they understand you saved 'em?  I do.  And they will love you more.

Oh, and as you run out to adopt, give your current pets an extra treat and a squeeze today.  They are awesome too.  Happy National Pets Day!

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