Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

April 30, 2013

Strays ready for forever families

JACKSONVILLE — It's a highly select club whose members aren’t exactly jumping to join: Klein Animal Shelter's Lonely Hearts Club.

The program launched earlier this month as part of a campaign to find homes for animals who, for some reason or another, have yet to be adopted.

Like Leroy.

Browsing through the online photos of the “members,” the sad look on the yellow Labrador retriever's face is enough to break one's heart.

The 7-year-old Leroy first arrived several years ago as a stray at the Jacksonville shelter and adopted in 2009 “into what we thought was a good home,” recalled shelter executive director Angela Wallace.

“Unfortunately, his new owners did not take care of an ear infection and Leroy spent the next year cowering in a closet due to the pain,” she said.

He returned to the shelter last fall, where “he received proper veterinary care and has returned to his loving self,” and now the sturdy yellow retriever is ready to share his life with a loving family, she said.

He is just one of 30 or so cats and dogs who are featured on the shelter's website, kleinshelter.org.

“We'd been debating how to market these guys, who are between the ages of two and 12, who have been here awhile,” Wallace said. “Being an open-door shelter means we accept any animal, regardless of temperament, health or its cuteness – and because we don't set time limits (on adoptions), some animals stay with us an extended period of time.”

Much like Lady, a beautiful brown and white medium haired tabby, who has been at the shelter since July 2009.

The five-year-old feline's owner passed away, and none of the family members wanted to keep her.

“Her story is a common one,” Wallace said. “The circumstances of human lives are constantly evolving and pets often lose their homes as a result of these life changes.”

As part of the Lonely Hearts campaign, participants cages are specially marked with tags bearing the LHC designation on bold, red hearts.

“We hope that by drawing attention to these guys, potential adopters will give them special consideration,” she said.

“We're highlighting them on our Facebook page (wwww.facebook.com/kleinshelter) and talking to different media so that we can find adopters for them, people who may have initially overlooked them.”

Wallace said that some of the Lonely Hearts Club pets will be taking part in Saturday's County Critter Carnival held from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Nichols Green Park, but that all are available for meeting at the shelter.

Special adoption discounts will be offered to those considering any of these special pets.

“A shelter is a very high-stress environment – for its people and its animals. It's unfortunate that any animal winds up in a shelter, but for those that do, it's important to re-home them as soon as possible,” she said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Cuney Council cancels meeting, again

    Tuesday's Cuney City Council meeting – in which local alderman were to vote on canceling a May 10 election due to unopposed status of candidates – was canceled because of a lack of quorum, according to City Secretary Brenda Lankford.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sen. Nichols speaking.tif Senator Nichols speaks to Jacksonville Leadership Institute

    State Senator Robert Nichols (R) spoke to the Jacksonville Leadership Institute Tuesday regarding the role of government in Texas.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jacob.tif Local boy recovering from campfire accident in Dallas hospital

    Jacob Sessions of Jacksonville was burned on 71 percent of his body on April 5 from a campfire accident. He is currently in Parkland ICU due to his injuries, according to a representative for the family.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • THOMPSON, CEDRICK.tif Cherokee County woman found dead

    At approximately 9:35 a.m. Sunday,  Kayla Nicole Thompson, 27, was found deceased in the driveway of her residence, located in the 1500 block of County Road 3201,  just West of Lake Jacksonville.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • BullardFUNRUN.tif Bullard Education Foundation sets record with event

    The Bullard Education Foundation hosted its 4th annual 5K /Fun Run, “Strides for Excellence” on Saturday morning, April 19.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire destroys Sims Avenue residence

    Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a fire in the 900 block of Sims Avenue early Saturday.

    April 22, 2014

  • Community library on council agenda

    The Bullard City Council will met at 6 p.m. today at Bullard First Baptist Church, 1428 S. Houston, for the regular board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Council to mull election, roads

    The Cuney City Council will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Cuney Municipal Building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Christian Rapper 0419.tif Local rap artist spreads the 411 on Jesus

    "I have seen things in my life that would make Dr. Phil crazy," Jacksonville native, ordained minister and aspiring rap artist Stephen I. Crow Jr. said with a laugh. "That's why I don't label my music specifically as "Christian rap" -- yes, Christians who love rap can listen and hopefully be uplifted, but I truly want and am trying to bring the word and Jesus' message to people who may never have heard it or don't believe it's for them.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tomato Bowl flushed to bottom of priorities

    The historic Tomato Bowl, built in 1940, stands strong on the outside, but according to some people the inside needs a lot of work in order to not be an eyesore.

    April 19, 2014