LEANDER, TEXAS (January 24, 2012) - Texas Humane Heroes (formerly known as the Humane Society of Williamson County) elects the Jim and Betty Harris as its featured Heroes for 1st Quarter 2013. In appreciation, the featured Heroes are given a professional photo shoot courtesy of KAJ Photography and their story and photos promoted by Texas Humane Heroes and appears on the Texas Humane Heroes’ homepage. In line with the Texas Humane Heroes slogan, “Be a hero... adopt!”, the Heroes Program helps promote adoption throughout our community.
The Harris family of Austin, TX, featured in the attached photos, adopted a ten year old Parson Russell terrier mix named Summer in April 2012. Summer was an instant love of Jim and Betty Harris, filling their home and hearts with love almost immediately. She settled into the laps and bed of the Jim and Betty, crawling under the bedspread, just as their remembered beloved dogs of the past would, knowing she was safe and loved.
“Just like the book, Acres of Diamonds, you never know what you are missing by overlooking the obvious!” said Jim Harris. The central idea of this book is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune - the resources to achieve all good things are present in one’s own community and often right in front of your eyes. As many senior dogs experience in shelter environments, Summer had been overlooked by potential adopters for nearly three months before finding her heroes.
According to the ASPCA®, there are at least 10 great reasons to adopt a senior dog including:
• What You See is What You Get - From the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality, and grooming requirements. If you’re not so into surprises, an older dog is for you!
• Easy to Train - Older dogs are great at focusing on you- and the task at hand - because they’re calmer than youngsters.
• Seniors are Super-Loving - It’s an instant bond that cannot be topped. Just read Summer’s story at www.texashumanheroes.org/heroes 
• They’re Not a 24-7 Job - Grownup dogs don’t require the constant monitoring puppies do, leaving you more freedom to do your own thing.
• They Settle in Quickly - Oder dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of your family in no time!
• Fewer Messes - Older dogs are likely to already by housetrained- and even if they’re not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up really fast (unlike puppies).
• You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew - While adopting a puppy can be an 8 - 20 year commitment, those who yearn for a doggie but hold back due to worries about what might happen in their lives in the years to come are wise to adopt a senior dog. Providing a loving home for a dog in her golden years is not a less serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one.
• They Enjoy Easy Livin’ - Couch potato, know thyself! Not that older dogs don’t require any exercise - they do - but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day.
• Save a Life, Be a Hero - At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and at municipal kill shelters, the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotion return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.
• They’re CUTE! - Need we say more?
“When you adopt from Texas Humane Heroes, you are saving the life of two animals - the one you have accepted into your forever family and the one that will now be rescued from a local municipal shelter’s kill list and take its’ place at our No Kill shelter!” said Eran Fehily, Director of Community Relations & Development.
“We absolutely love to hear the success stories of our once homeless dogs and cats that have been adopted into loving Forever Families!” continued Fehily. “The Heroes Program is just one simple way that Texas Humane Heroes can express appreciation to our adopters and to our community for choosing adoption and supporting our No Kill mission. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the Harris family and all supporters of animal adoption and advocacy in our community! Without this support, Texas Humane Heroes could not continue its life-saving mission of eliminating pet homelessness throughout Central Texas.”
Of course, each and every person who adopts a pet from Texas Humane Heroes and gives them a loving, forever home is a Hero because they save the lives of two animals, the one they adopted and the rescued homeless animal that can use the empty kennel at TXHH. Over 90% of the animals at Texas Humane Heroes come from local municipal shelters that kill for space. Any Texas Humane Heroes adopter is eligible to submit an application to be a Featured Hero. More information on the Heroes program can be found at www.texashumaneheroes.org/heroes .
To view all of Summer’s heroic adoption story and pictures as well as past elected Heroes, please visit www.texashumaneheroes.org/heroes .
Texas Humane Heroes Background Information
The mission of Texas Humane Heroes is to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet homelessness and to improve the lives of pets and people throughout Central Texas. Formerly known as the Humane Society of Williamson County (HSWC) and the CenTex Humane Society Second Chance Adoption Center, the organizations combined resources and merged into Texas Humane Heroes on in January 2013. Supporting two adoption centers in Central Texas, Texas Humane Heroes has locations in Leander and Killeen, Texas. Texas Humane Heroes is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, 100% funded by donations, grants and modest fees for services and receives no government funding. The corporate office is located at 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, Texas. For more information, please visit www.texashumaneheroes.org .