Community benefits from adoption event – The Killeen Daily Herald

Arriving at the Animal Control complex, visitors are greeted with excited barking and friendly smiles.

On June 15 and 16, that excitement was at its peak, as dogs, cats and even rabbits were available during the monthly free adoption event.

Senior Animal Control Officer David Wellington, with the department since 2010, explained the purpose of these events. Were as full as we can be. All the area shelters are packed. On average, 15 to 16 animals are placed in homes over the course of the two days, opening up space for more animals.

Most of the animals are surrendered to the facility, and some are picked up as strays. With help from enthusiastic volunteers, such as members of Five Hills Scholarship Pageant, the dogs are bathed, and the cats socialized through cuddling.

Caitlin Sharbeno, animal control officer, admitted she gets quite attached to some of the dogs and cats. We want to find good homes for them, she said. Better still, in her opinion, is having a missing pet reunited with its owner.

Contrary to the departments commonly held reputation, Wellington confirmed that Animal Control does not put down animals as soon as they are brought in. As long as there is space at the facility, the dogs and cats are housed until they are adopted.

Karen Sherman has volunteered at the facility for 10 years. She feels very strongly about inviting community members to adopt pets from the shelter, and how it benefits everyone.

Whether small dogs or large, orange tabby kittens or older, mellow cats, the wide variety of animals gives those seeking a pet a chance to find their ideal companion.

A number of kittens from Animal Control are also available for adoption at Pet Supplies Plus, 1212 East Business U.S. Highway 190.

Adoptions take place throughout the month at Animal Control, not just during the free events.

The normal adoption fee is $20, Wellington said, and new owners are responsible for all shots, and getting their adopted pet spayed or neutered.

The next free adoption event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15

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