Keller City Council approved an agreement with the Humane Society of North Texas to provide management services at the new Regional Animal Adoption Center upon its opening April 1.The 9,000-square-foot adoption center is being constructed at the Keller police facility at 330 Rufe Snow Drive.“The reason we are doing this is to enhance and improve animal services for the cities of Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and the town of Westlake,” said Mark Hafner, Keller's Public Safety director/police chief, during an Oct. 1 City Council meeting.Hafner said partnering with the Humane Society, which has credibility and experience in care and placement of animals, will improve the chances of stray and abandoned animals being adopted.Length of the agreement is three years with two additional five-year periods for renewal. Either party can give 120 days notice for termination of the agreement.The Humane Society, which already has an adoption center at 363 Keller Parkway, Suite A, will staff the center and pay employee salaries, operate and manage the adoption services, manage volunteers and maintain records at the adoption center, which will be open for a minimum of 40 hours per week including a portion of the weekend.Tammy Roberts, operations director for HSNT, said the Keller Parkway location will stay open.The city of Keller will provide the organization with 6,500 square feet of space which includes a public lobby, reception area, work area and kenneling space to display cats and dogs. Keller will also pay all utilities and provide maintenance and supplies.Animals that are not ready for adoption will be kept in a separate area, controlled by the city of Keller. When the animals are ready to be adopted, they will transfer to the front of the building at the animal adoption area staffed by the Humane Society.Keller will retain all fees related to animal registration, impounds, strays and quarantines while the Humane Society retains all adoption-related fees.Hafner said animals in the cities of Keller, Westlake, Southlake and Colleyville will have first priority of the space.“What were excited about is the Humane Society will also use any free space, and we will have plenty of it, for their animals as well,” he said. “So our citizens and the citizens of our partner cities will have a better population of animals to choose from.”Martha York, HSNT president of the board, told council the organization is very happy to be in Keller.“We’re looking forward to the opportunity,” she said.Mayor Pat McGrail said the partnership is a win win.“We’re looking forward to working with you and we’re excited about the new facility, I think it’s going to be something really special,” McGrail said. “We’re even more excited to have you manage it for us because I know there is nobody that could do a better job than the Humane Society.”Councilman Gary Reaves complimented Hafner for finding another way to save money.“This is another great partnership that he has taken months and months to work out with our partner cities and with the Humane Society,” Reaves said. “It results in improved services for the animals in all of the communities, not just ours. It also saves tax dollars.”Savings to the cities would be in direct proportion to their percentage for the operation.The city of Keller, which has 75 percent, would save approximately $125,000 in payroll costs, Southlake at 15 percent would save roughly $18,500 and Colleyville at 10 percent would save approximately $12,500.The expansion follows the Oct. 1 merger of Colleyville, Keller and Southlake into a Regional Animal Control Services program.