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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Local animal shelters are filling up, adoption fee waived

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

Last week, a written statement posted by the Killeen Animal Services went viral on social media. The note read:

“As of today, December 9, Killeen Animal Control/Services is packed. If there aren’t enough adoptions today, they will be forced to make some tough decisions (euthanasia) on Monday. If you know ANYONE who’s even considering a pet, please have them at least look here. Dogs are free ‘til Dec. 23rd! SPREAD THE WORD.”

It was shared several hundred times on Facebook and Instagram. Since then, it has been confirmed by the shelter, located at 3118 Commerce Drive, that the adoption fee will be temporarily suspended in order for more families to consider adoption. Persons wishing to adopt an animal are required to present a government-issued photo identification card or water bill. You do not need to be a resident of Killeen to adopt, but you must present a verifiable ID and address. On the official website, there are nearly 50 animals that are available to adopt that are over 1 year old, and only 10 that are a few months old. Employees strongly encourage the adoption of older pets who have been at the shelter awhile and are ready to find their forever home.

“Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and many other animals are waiting for responsible owners in our shelter and in shelters all across the country.” Reads Harker Heights’ official Pet Adoption Service website. On their Facebook page, dozens of pictures of dogs wearing Santa hats have been posted, in order to encourage the gift of giving by adopting a life-long friend. Located at 403 Indian Trail, there is a $35 fee to adopt as well as a $15 microchip fee.

Last year, there appeared there had been a higher influx of animals at these local adoption centers. “We’ve had more animals this year than in previous years,” says general manager Jessica Giese, who has worked at the shelter for over two years. “We have some exciting things planned for the upcoming year to try and raise our adoption rates,” But since then, the numbers have only continued to grow.

For more information about pets who need homes, visit the Killeen or Harker Heights Adoption Center.

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