He might look out of place, but Valentine, the Basset hound-pitbull mix, is looking for the right person to share his warm heart with.
"Valentine was a stray and was brought in to us," said Nacogdoches Animal Shelter employee Katy Broadus. "Valentine is a three year old Basset hound-pitbull mix. He is very energetic and playful."
Valentine is updated on his shots and needs to be neutered but is approved for a discounted price.
The mix is not conventional, but Valentine's look is what shelter employees say may help get him his forever home. Despite being hyper, a quick pat on the head and rub of the belly will calm down this gentle giant.
Although he would make a good family pet, it might be best to go to a family that has older children.
"Pitbulls are typically a breed that people tend to shy away from because of the bad reputation, but originally, they were bred for nanny breeds and are very protective of children," Broadus said. "The Basset breed is more of a family dog, so he is just kind of a perfect combination of both. He doesn't really know the size of his bite when playing, so maybe a small child would not do very well with him. Maybe older children or an older couple. A very energetic family."
To adopt Valentine, you can visit the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter on SW Stallings between noon and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The adoption fee has been waived for Valentine.