KILLEEN — Cooper has a new home.

The Anatolian shepherd mix was one of the lucky animals to find new owners at Petsmart on Saturday.

The Fort Hood Stray Animal Facility brought a selection of their dogs and cats to the store for a free adoption event, hoping to find them loving homes in time for Christmas, according to Veronica Caro, lead caretaker at the facility.

“A lot of these animals are dumped on post,” Caro said, as she cuddled Oscar, a 9-month-old kitten. “Some get loose, and we pick them up.”

Others might be surrendered when their family is being transferred from Fort Hood to a new location.

“We give them their first shots and rabies shot,” Caro said. “We microchip them, too.”

The only procedure the Fort Hood Stray Animal Facility doesn’t perform is the spay or neuter.

The new owners are responsible for having that done, Caro said.

Sarra and Josh McClure discussed that aspect of the adoption as they got acquainted with Cooper.

“I know what big dogs are like,” Sarra said. Originally from California, the couple’s large dogs are with family members back home. “Josh has three pit bulls there.”

As Sarra selected a collar and leash for Cooper, Josh completed the paperwork.

Cooper enjoyed the best present of all for Christmas: a loving family. | 254-501-7568

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