Meet Minerva, a 4-year-old shepherd mix who weighs 55 pounds and has a regal, light brown coat of fur. She loves treats, toys and snuggling up with a trusted friend. She was found as a stray wandering the streets of Ennis alone, so not too much is known about her earliest days. Minerva needed a little bit of medical TLC upon arrival and is still being treated for heartworms so she is on exercise restrictions but is otherwise a healthy gal. She is currently in foster care, so making an appointment in advance is necessary to meet with her in person.

Adult dogs and cats are normally a $75 adoption fee from the SPCA of Texas. Puppies and kittens under the age of six months are $150. Adoption fees vary for small mammals, equestrian and livestock. Fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older and a FIV/FeLV test for cats four months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of PetHealth Insurance provided by PetHealth, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a rabies tag and a free leash.

The Jan-Rees Jones Animal Care Center is open to the public seven days a week from noon-6 p.m. Appointments are required for foster animals and animal housed in the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center. Browse available animals at and visit to inquire about a dog or to inquire about a cat.