Amy Heinz was working at her pet rescue and transport shelter in De Soto when she got a call she never expected.
"We were contacted by Animal Planet to bring a puppy in but he was getting adopted. They asked us if we had any fluffy puppies and we said we had scruffy puppies," said Amy Heinz, the owner of AHeinz57’s Pet Rescue and Transport.
One of those scruffy puppies was Trinka.
She’s a miniature schnauzer beagle mix.
In November, the eight pound ferocious fur ball flew to New York to compete in the ninth annual “Puppy Bowl.”
Trinka joined 62 other puppies from 23 shelters nationwide.
"They really emphasize adopting versus shopping," said Heinz.
Less than a week after returning to De Soto, Trinka found a loving home.
She was adopted by Tyler Swett and his wife Ashley.
The first time dog owners say they've always wanted to rescue a pup like Trinka.
"I've always thought there were a lot of dogs that need homes out there. It's good that you're helping out an animal that needs a home," said Swett.
Heinz hopes the “Puppy Bowl” provides local shelters the exposure they need to find dogs like Maximus and Quartz their permanent homes.
Between foster care and their facility, De Soto volunteers care for nearly 100 dogs.
“We have everything from pure-breed Chihuahuas to giant mutts. You never know what you're going to find here," Heinz told Channel 13 News.