Jaden Royal, 12, pets Fiesta, a terrier mix who was available for adoption at the off-site adoption event hosted by Killeen Animal Control on March 1 at Petco in Harker Heights.

The Killeen Animal Shelter helped 40 animals find new homes after a three-day adoption event.

The event, which waived the adoption fee for certain shelter animals, was conducted Thursday through Saturday.

During those three days, 33 dogs and seven cats were adopted, according to Killeen police Cmdr. Lee Caufield, the shelter’s interim supervisor.

“It was a very good turnout,” Caufield said. “Things really picked up on Saturday, after the word got out.”

In addition to the 40 adoptions, Caufield said, local rescue groups took in an additional 15 animals. The success of the three-day event not only means that animals were able to find homes, but also helped open up much-needed space at the city’s animal shelter.

“One of our goals is to try and keep our space open,” Caufield said. “We just really want to thank the public and rescue organizations for their help.”

Last week’s event is one of several the shelter has organized since Caufield replaced former shelter supervisor Stacie Sherva. A previous free adoption event was held in February, and the shelter hosted its first off-site adoption event March 1 in Harker Heights.

As of Monday, the shelter supervisor position was not yet posted on the city of Killeen’s website. Earlier this month, Caufield said the job description for the supervisor position was being retooled, and he expected the position to be posted soon.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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