This sweet and fun German Shepherd mix male is now up for adoption at the Texarkana, Ark., Animal Care and Adoption Center. He is young and already neutered.

They named him Flying J for the truck stop that the animal control officers picked him up at. He was given a ride from a trucker traveling on Interstate 30. Flying J had a harness and leash trailing so he may have jumped out of someone's vehicle at a stop along the way. The trucker thought about taking him on his trip but Flying J got sick in the cab of his semi so the driver decided this wasn't going to work for him and made the call to the nearest animal shelter. We don't know how far away Flying J was when the trucker picked him up. Flying J doesn't like being cooped up in a kennel--he needs to be adopted into a home to be happy. He loves to fetch, knows commands and walks well on a leash once he gets a little running out of his system.

The animal shelter has three basic areas for dogs: The intake area where the kennels for the dogs are listed as "HP" which stands for Hold Pending. When dogs first arrive at the shelter, this is where they go first. The next area is the lower building that is attached to the adoption floor by a long hallway. The lower building is usually called the Stray building and the kennels are listed with a "S" in front of the numbered cage. In that building there are 15 stray kennels, with another five kennels set aside behind a gate often used for bite cases. Those kennels are marked as "OB." This area is often used for overflow when there aren't any bite cases. The area that most people see is the Adoption Floor. The kennels on the adoption floor are marked with a "D" in front of the cage number. That stands for Dog.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 203 Harrison St., Texarkana, Ark., 71854 and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM and 5PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM. Our shelter takes in animals from many surrounding communities. Please remember to check with the shelter if you have lost a pet or if you are interested in adopting a new pet.

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