Adopting a shelter pet brought so much joy and positivity to my life, and I'm hoping that can happen for you this weekend in Killeen.

Hilary J. Shine with the Killeen Animal Shelter tells us the shelter is nearing capacity, so they're once again going to be waiving adoption fees Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 for pets that are sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped. (Note: Fees for these services will apply to any pets who haven't yet received them.)

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

There are adorable dogs and cats of different ages, breeds, sizes, and temperaments who could really use a loving, safe home like yours. You can see the furry friends up for adoption on the Killeen Animal Services website.

If you're not looking to adopt right now but can foster an animal in need, that'd be a great way to help with the shelter capacity issue and give a deserving animal a nice place to live and play until they find a forever home.

"The shelter actively seeks volunteers and foster families to care for and interact with the animals," Shine said Friday. "Those interested in volunteering or fostering may sign up online or call 254-526-4455."

Remember: adopting an animal is a commitment. They'll need plenty of love and attention, food, walks, baths, and veterinary care when they're sick or injured.

I absolutely do not want to discourage pet adoption. My best furry friend was adopted (more on that below), and she's brought me so much happiness.

What I'm saying is that you'll want to make sure you're at a place in life in which you'll be able to spend time with your new pal and meet their needs. It's always heartbreaking to have to return a pet to the shelter, both for you and the workers there.

If you can adopt from a shelter, I highly recommend it. Not only will you be a hero to a doggo or kitty in need of a good home, but you'll have a new best friend.

My mom and I adopted our dog, Leela, from the Temple Animal Shelter in 2016. Since she came into our home, she's brought me so much happiness and laughter. She's the goofiest little character I've ever lived with, but she's incredibly sweet and her love of running around outdoors got me leaving the house more and exploring the parks and trails around Central Texas.

She's truly been a blessing.

If your family is looking to welcome a new member, consider adopting from the Killeen Animal Shelter this weekend, or visit your local shelter and see who's looking for a home and your love.

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