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Killeen Releases Details of Animal Services Agreement with Fort Hood | Local News

The Town of Killeen and Fort Hood have signed an Animal Services Partnership and Consolidation Agreement between the two entities, according to a town press release.

City and Fort Hood leaders met Wednesday at III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood to formalize the Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA).

Killeen City Manager Kent Cagle, Mayor Debbie Nash-King and Executive Director of Recreation Services Joseph Brown were on hand for the signing event along with Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Chad Foster and others city ​​and military personnel.

The partnership will mean that the Killeen Animal Services division will overburden all of Fort Hood’s animal care, receiving more staff, as well as facility upgrades, according to the press release. The agreement will include facility operations at Fort Hood, response times, stray animal pickup, patrol, adoption and return to owner.

“We have a great history of cooperation…it’s very beneficial for both of us,” Cagle said. “It’s hard to beat a win-win situation.”

Brown began working with Fort Hood on this initiative in May 2021. He first presented this measure to City Council in April 2022 and the deal was approved in May of this year.

Revenue generated by this IGSA totals $1.2 million per year, split across multiple service cost centers, to include general service costs, veterinary fees, animal fees, supplies, labor is working to include $750,000 in capital investment costs, which will go towards expanding and revamping the current Animal Services kennels in the second and third years of this agreement, according to the city.

This should be fully operational by October 2022, the duration of this agreement being one year, and renewable for successive periods of one year up to nine additional years.

“We’re happy to see something like this moving so quickly and being so well received by everyone,” Brown said. “The benefits of this deal are endless.”

Foster said the facility collects about 1,000 strays a year. He projects that over the course of ten years, Fort Hood will have $2.5 million in cost avoidance, which is a plus for Fort Hood.

This agreement is another aspect of the ongoing partnership the Town of Killeen has built with its fellow military members to better serve our communities, according to the release.

“I would like to thank Mr. Joe Brown for starting this initiative and being innovative and thinking about what we could do as a team to come together,” said Mayor Nash-King.