MIDLOTHIAN

JJ loves snow cones: he licks them off of the ground every time a human drops one.

Socializing with senior residents from Midtowne Assisted Living and Memory Care, JJ was one of three dogs up for adoption during the Heart of Texas Animal Rescue’s End of Summer Snow Bash and Dog Show last Thursday, with the other two dogs being Andy and Daisy.

Even though none of the dogs ended up going to a foster home, president Marilyn Jones said they made plenty of senior residents smile during the afternoon.

“JJ is precious,” Jones said. “You’d expect him to act like an adult, but he doesn’t.”

Jones, who has served as the president of the Heart of Texas Animal Rescue for five years, said they save dogs from surrounding animal shelters that are on the verge of euthanization.

“We try to find them a foster home,” Jones explained. “We get them completely vetted, shots. Anything to get them completely healthy and get them adopted.”

Jones explained that the Heart of Texas Animal Rescue hosts three pet adoptions each month — two during the first and second Saturdays at Petco, and another in downtown Midlothian. Their previous owners abandoned many of these dogs when they were puppies, so Heart of Texas volunteers would have to bring the litter in and take care of them themselves.

“Many times they don’t have a mother,” she expressed. “We had to bottle-feed them and care for them.”

The Heart of Texas Animal Rescue will be leading the parade at the 41st Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 20, which will also have a pet theme for this year.

“We do them wherever we can, whenever we can,” she said.

To learn more about Heart for Texas Animal Rescue, go online at www.heartoftexasrescue.org

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David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX

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