TYLER - The Christmas season is a pretty busy time for pet adoptions.
Today at the Humane Society of East Texas, that was no exception. East Texans were showing up looking for a new friend.
Mr. and Mrs. Amos have had a half-siamese cat and a chihuahua for 3 years.
"They grew up together and they played together and they were good friends," Billy Amos said.
But last week, their cat left home...which brought the Amos's to the Humane Society of East Texas to adopt a new friend for the holidays.
The Amos's were just some of several East Texans visiting the non-profit organization Tuesday looking for a new pet.
Gayle Helms, the shelter's director says they're thankful for all of the help they've gotten recently to keep their no-kill shelter open.
"We've had people be kind enough and generous enough to give us donations of supplies that we need, so the holidays are very, very special to us and people really look to, I think, help the less fortunate, and these animals are less fortunate...so we've had a very good response this Christmas," Helms said.
Helms says picking out a pet is very personal, so instead of surprising someone with a pet under the tree this year, she encourages giving Humane Society gift cards for Christmas - so the new pet-owner can pick out their own pet after the hustle and bustle of Christmas.