The Copperas Cove City Council recently met to discuss development of a new animal shelter that will house more animals than the previous site.

According to a report from Thaddeus Imerman with the Killeen Daily Herald, a newly proposed $5 million animal center for Copperas Cove is being discussed by the Copperas Cove City Council.

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The new animal shelter would increase capacity to 66 dogs and 40 cats, while the current shelter at 1601 N. First St. in Copperas Cove only has space for 46 dogs and 12 cats.

Currently the Copperas Cove City Council is considering using city owned property at the intersection of Ogletree Pass and Five Hills Road for the location of the new animal shelter. This location provides the most visibility, is not too close to residential housing, and also offers room for expansion in the future.

The newly proposed shelter would also offer a better environment for the animals' emotional and physical well-being. The new building would offer a better layout for the staff to be able to easily access all animal inhabited areas quickly. Plus the new shelter would also employ a special air conditioning unit that would distribute fresh air to all the kennels instead of recycling the air. When the air is recycled with one-way air, potential exposure of spreadable illnesses increases.

This new building would cost the City of Copperas Cove approximately $5 million and the city is hoping to pursue a a certificate of obligation by June. Donations to animal shelters are crucial and always needed, so please help whenever possible.

It is critical to increase housing capacity so that more animals can be rescued. Once a shelter meets capacity, tough choices have to be made. Even if you cannot commit to adopting a pet, you can consider fostering an animal to prevent shelters from filling up.

Special thanks to the City of Copperas Cove and architect Brent Brevard for coming together to discuss ideas on ways we can protect the lives of animals in our community.

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