The Fort Hood Stray Animal Facility is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to add another member to your family. With around 20 animals currently available for adoption, both dogs and cats, the shelter adds new animals every week. Once an animal is picked up by an animal control officer, it is placed on a 72 hour hold in the shelter’s annex and is checked out by a veterinarian.

“We do a 72 hour hold, and then after the hold, we wait for the vet to come. He comes once a week and any dog or cat (on hold) gets vetted by the vet and then they go up for adoption,” Animal Control Officer Brie Colucci said.

Adoptions at the shelter are free and animals will come fully vaccinated. Some of the animals the shelter adopts out are already spayed or neutered when they are picked up, but the animals that have not been fixed are required to receive the procedure within 30 days.  If the animal is too young to be spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, adopters must have the procedure done when the animal reaches the age for which it is recommended.

“They (the animals) all come with their vaccines. Negative heartworm tests, rabies vaccines; with the cats, they are FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) tested as well. The only thing that we require is if they are not spayed or neutered, we require that to be done within 30 days,” Colucci said.

The shelter does more than pick up strays and adopt out animals, it also deals with relocating wild animals that may have strayed far from home. The shelter takes calls when someone has found an animal where it shouldn’t be, for instance a raccoon in the recycle facility. They trap and relocate the animal back to a location that is safe for them.

“We do trapping, anything that we trap, as in raccoons, skunks or opossums, we release them back on Range Road, so they’re away from people. We pull raccoons from dumpsters, we pull raccoons from recycling buildings, we kind of go all over the place. But anything that we trap, we do release,” Colucci said.

Working in a shelter can mean you see many animals come and go, but it can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding position. When asked what her favorite thing about working in a shelter is, Colucci cited seeing the animals have their own happy endings.

“Seeing the animals come from kind of bad situations and going to a new home, and just seeing them happy (is my favorite part). I definitely enjoy seeing them (the owners) post on Facebook and enjoying their new lives,” Colucci said.

The Fort Hood Stray Animal Facility is located at 4902 Engineer Drive and is open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturdays. For information on animals currently available for adoption, visit the shelter’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fthshelter or call them at 254-287-4675.