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Mesquite Animal Shelter providing puppy videos when we need them most, if you’re thinking of adopting

The Mesquite Animal Shelter is closed, along with most other civic facilities, as Dallas County observes shelter-in-place restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But that doesn’t mean residents who have been considering adopting a pet are out of luck if they want to scout potential options.

The shelter is offering virtual meetings with animals through video beginning Wednesday. Potential adopters can request a video of any animal in the shelter by emailing rescues@cityofmesquite.com or calling the department at 972-216-6283.

Perhaps you’d like to see 4-year-old terrier mix Jervis do a little spin, or you’ve been thinking about getting a new cat and feel like you want to hear 8-month-old Stormi Dae meow before you make a decision. Or maybe 3-year-old German shepherd Sol is more your speed? A big-ol’ boy named Cash? A short-haired cat called Rory?

All are available for additional information. Residents who are interested in adopting an animal also can request follow-up meetings after checking out the database. All animals in the Mesquite shelter can be found at this website.

The shelter otherwise remains closed with animal services responding to calls only involving a biting incident, an injured animal or a public safety concern.