The Killeen Animal Shelter has hosted a series of free adoption events over the past month, and they're once again putting the call out to anyone interested in giving an adorable animal a loving, safe home.

The shelter is near capacity. Hilary J. Shine with the City of Killeen says 84 animals have been adopted over the past three weekends, but in that time 67 more animals have been taken in.

This Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, the shelter is waiving adoption fees for animals that have been sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped. (Standard adoption fees will apply for other animals.)

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My dog, Leela, was adopted from the Temple Animal Shelter, and she's brought so much joy and companionship to my life.

Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media
Aaron Savage, Townsquare Media

Adopting a pet and giving them a safe and loving environment in which to live is incredibly rewarding and beneficial, so if you can adopt and provide a good home, I would encourage you to visit the Killeen Animal Shelter this weekend.

Now, keep in mind that this is a big decision. You need to be committed to providing lifelong care to a living, breathing, feeling creature who will love and depend on you. I don't want to discourage anyone from adopting, but just make sure you're in a good place to do it right now. It's a responsibility.

The Killeen Animal Shelter is located at 3118 Commerce Drive. Normal adoption hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Dogs and cats will be available for adoption this weekend, so if you're more of a cat person, definitely feel free to stop by. You could find a sweet roommate who'd love to sleep in a sunny spot in your living room.

By the way, there's a low-cost pet vaccination clinic coming to Copperas Cove on Wednesday, June 23 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Ogletree Gap Park Pavilion, 1878 Post Office Road.

Lt. Kevin Miller with the Copperas Cove Police Department wrote in an email:

"The clinic is being sponsored in effort to provide a venue for discounted yearly vaccinations for dogs and cats, such as Rabies, DHLP, Parvo, Corona, Bordetella and more. Animal Control will also offer City licenses and micro-chipping (cash or check only). The event is open to the general public and you DO NOT have to be a Copperas Cove resident to attend."

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Animal Control at (254) 547-

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