One Killeen resident is hoping to raise awareness and urge local officials to make the city a “no-kill” environment for dogs and cats.

Janice Hilladay and several animal lovers gathered at the Hupply Pupply restaurant Saturday for an event to raise awareness about the “no kill” movement. A “no kill” shelter is one where 90 percent of the animals that enter the shelter are able to be released alive, as opposed to being euthanized.

“It’s something I had been thinking about for a long time,” said Hilladay, a therapist who works with children and adults in the Killeen area.

Hilladay said she was inspired to begin a no-kill movement in Killeen after two of her dogs, Lillith and Dixie, died earlier this year. Both dogs were adopted. She currently owns two other dogs, which also were adopted.

Saturday’s event was originally planned as a birthday celebration for the dogs, and turned into a no-kill awareness event after their passing.

“When Janice was adopting those dogs, they almost got put down,” said Gwynn Anderson, a friend of Hilladay’s. “Simply because there wasn’t enough room at the shelter.”

Hilladay’s group, called Pets Alive Central Texas, hope to eventually make Killeen a no-kill city, similar to Austin.

Hilladay said she already has spoken with members of the city’s Animal Advisory Council about the subject.

“They have been very willing to listen,” she said.

In the end, the decision to make Killeen a no-kill city rests in the hands of the Killeen City Council. While the change may not happen overnight, Hilladay had a positive outlook for the long-term success of her efforts.

“I think it’s very possible,” she said.

For more information about the group, go to Pets Alive Central Texas on Facebook.

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

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