After collecting towels and blankets for two weeks, a group of students at Timber Ridge Elementary School delivered the truck-load of goods to the Killeen Animal Shelter on Friday afternoon.

The school’s entire student population participated in the drive as a community service project, according to Timber Ridge special education teacher Kimberly Simmons.

“The kids loved the idea,” Simmons said. “There was an immediate response.”

Blankets and towels are much-needed supplies for the animals in the shelter, said animal control officer Ivonne Keen.

“The animals are much more comfortable when they can lay on a soft towel or blanket,” Keen said. “We also need towels to dry the animals off after we bathe them.”

In addition to helping Timber Ridge coordinate the donation drive, Keen visited the school to conduct a presentation on animal safety.

The donation drive is just one part of an effort to revamp the shelter, and encourage more outreach to the community.

Last week, the shelter hosted a free adoption event, which resulted in about 40 dogs and 20 cats finding homes, said Commander Lee Caufield, the shelter’s interim supervisor. The shelter is preparing to host outside adoption events.

The first is slated for March 1 at the Harker Heights Petco, Caufield said.

Caufield replaced the shelter’s former supervisor, Stacie Sherva, who was placed on leave in October and terminated in January.

Since then, Caufield and others revised shelter cleaning procedures, hired additional staff and worked to build a relationship between the shelter and the community.

“It’s a rejuvenated approach,” Caufield said.

It’s still unclear when a permanent supervisor will be named.

Caufield said Friday the job description for the supervisor position was being retooled, and that he expected the position to be posted in the near future. | 254-501-7568

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

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