Maybe you've seen pictures on social media of shelters that are completely empty right now.  Yay!  There are lots of dogs getting new homes because we're quarantined and need the company.  But if you're planning to adopt in East Texas, there's something you need to know about the way the process has changed. 

The Humane Society's Pets Fur People in Tyler had to close its shelter to the public because of Smith County's stay-at-home order, but they are still doing online adoptions.  The stay-at-home order is in effect until at least April 30th.

If you see a pet you'd like to adopt on the Pets Fur People website, just submit an application and they'll follow up with you on the next steps.  They've got terrier and lab mixes up for adoption, shepherd and retriever mixes, and cats waiting for homes too.  Click HERE to view the adoptable pets.  I've already got two dogs, two cats, and two fish, and I'm thinking about adding more just to upset the balance.

We adopted our super cuddly and slightly spazzy Libby in November 2016, and she is the best lap dog ever. She curls up on my lap every time I sit on the couch, and if I get up for a second, she's right back on my lap the next time I sit down like a boomerang. She's a Mini Pin-Chihuahua mix and there could be a couple of other blends in there too, we're not too sure. All we know is that she's always happy, and she's been an awesome addition to our family.

East Texas Giving Day is coming up next week, and that's an 18-hour online giving challenge that will help a lot of local nonprofits.  Giving Day will happen on April 28, 2020, but you can donate early if you'd like.

Pets Fur People's website says, "Your donations help us operate the *only* no-kill animal shelter in Tyler, Texas where over fifty years, we've found loving homes for 80,000 pets in need. We receive zero NO financial support from city and county agencies or United Way. Only 31% of our income comes from adoptions and fundraising."

Whether it's through adoption or donation, now is a great time to help a pup.