Excessive Heat Warning

PUPPY BOWL: Exposure For Local Shelters

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Click for AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport's website or Facebook page.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.