KILLEEN - As the City of Killeen continues to tackle their $5.8 million budget gap, many departments are faced with limited resources. The Animal Services Department is no exception but Animal Alliance Founder Linda Marzi has been working to get them some help with a new volunteer program.
"By utilizing this program, we can increase adoptions, we're doing interior remodeling, exterior landscaping," Marzi said. "We're trying to bring people into the shelter and to do that we have to improve its image and reputation."
Called the Killeen Animal Shelter Revitalization Program, Marzi has 16 different goals she wants to achieve including bringing in veterinarians, grooming pets at the shelter, starting a system of animal foster homes to clear up space and recruiting dogs for police service or therapy.
Everything will be run by volunteers so it doesn't cost the city a dime. Killeen Veterinarian Brad Buckley, who plans to volunteer, said it's a major opportunity for the city.
"In light of our current financial situation, it's never been a better time for the city to embrace volunteerism and community help," Buckley said.
The City of Killeen will hear Linda Marzi's proposal at the workshop Tuesday night.
If you would like to join the volunteer program as a shelter volunteer, foster pet owner, or in another capacity you can contact Marzi at email@example.com.