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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Pet Adoption Center needs your help

By Sara Escobar

The Harker Heights pet adoption center is now accepting donations in the form of monetary contributions, either in the form of cash or submitted online through a credit or debit card, and physical goods. During the City’s annual budgeting, the essential needs of The Pet Adoption Center is taken into consideration, and includes budget funds for kitty litter, treats for pets, medicine, food, as well as funds to pay personnel, maintain the center’s vehicles and the building’s utilities. Often times the facility’s additional needs and services such as spay and neutering their animals do not make it into the budget, and the center is reaching out to the community for help.
There are numerous programs to donate to within the facility which include the general donation fund, the spay and neuter fund, and the emergency medical fund. By making a donation to one of these programs, the life and welfare of their shelter animals are directly impacted in a positive way. Furthermore, the donation of physical items such as dog or cat food, or even blankets or shampoo for the pets, further allows the shelter to use their budgeted funds elsewhere in order to continue improving the center.
The General Donation fund is used to improve the shelter, which in the past has included purchasing chip scanners and supplying larger cages for cats that were nursing kittens. The Spay and Neuter fund is used to “fix” the animals before they are adopted—the center’s goal is to spay or neuter every animal before it leaves the shelter. Lastly, the Emergency Medical fund is used to provide necessary medical procedures for animals that have an injury or medical condition. In order to make a cash or goods donation, it is asked to be brought to the Pet Adoption Center at 403 Indian Trail in Harker Heights.
Most adoption fees vary between $25 and $50 for the animals; some fees have already been paid for by others in order to help the dogs and cats find homes as quickly as possible. The animals also require rabies vaccinations and must be spayed and neutered before the adoption contract can be completed—all animals receive a micro-chip prior to adoption.
The adoption center also calls for volunteers, for those who may be unable to donate but still want to make a difference in the animal’s lives. City Hall offers an application sheet for those 16 years or older looking to volunteer, and once it is approved, volunteers are welcome to come at any time to walk, bathe and spend time with the animals.
Brittany Burges, who has worked and volunteered with the shelter for over a year, says she enjoys making a difference, “There’s always something new happening here. What we do here makes a difference in the community with animals and people a like,” Burges said.
For more information on the Pet Adoption Center, call 254-953-5472.

This week’s featured pets included:
Destiny is currently our longest female canine resident. She’s about 4 years old and is listed as a Shar Pei mix. She came in as a stray and was never reclaimed. We’ve had her spayed, microchipped and vaccinated for rabies, and she is patiently waiting for a new family to come adopt her. She does have some issues with other dogs, so a meet and greet with other dogs in the home is required. Her adoption fee has been paid, so she is free to the right home. She is a fun dog who loves to play in water and play fetch.

And Tanner:
Tanner is a young male Lab/Border Collie mix, about 6 months old. He is a goofy puppy with no training and needs a committed owner who will not only spend lots of time training him, but not leave him outside as an outside dog either. He enjoys water and playing with other dogs. This puppy will be a great family dog, all he’s missing is the family! He will be microchipped prior to adoption and his adoption fee is $25. Come meet Tanner!


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