By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - Parks and Recreation is collecting items for the Pet Adoption Center as the animal control facility nears its opening.

As part of Make a Difference Day, Parks and Recreation wanted to support the animals and the animal control officers, Activity Center Coordinator Heather Cox said.

The animals and the officers will move into their new facility in early November.

"We wanted to give them an inventory to start off with and something to help with the new animals they will be rescuing and adopting out," Cox said.

The center has been under construction for the past year at 403 Indian Trail. It will replace the animal

shelter on Harley Drive, which is about six times smaller than the new facility.

The facility will have its grand opening and an open house at 9 a.m. Nov. 4, Harker Heights Police Department Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson said.

On that day, residents can come and tour the facility before the city moves the animals to the facility, he said.

Wilson said the facility "is about 98 percent completed."

Tentatively, the opening will include speeches from Mayor Ed Mullen, City Manager Steve Carpenter and Police Chief Mike Gentry.

The items being collected by Parks and Recreation include Pedigree adult and puppy food, cat litter, kitten and cat food, carpet swatches, blankets, leashes, and dog and cat collars.

The items can be dropped off at City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing; the Recreation Center, 307 Miller's Crossing; or at the Library and Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

The collected items "will greatly benefit us," Wilson said. "Even though they look like small items, that frees up money that we will need to buy bigger items for the new shelter."

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