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Shelters Across The Country Are Making It Easier For Veterans To Adopt Dogs

Shelters Across The Country Are Making It Easier For Veterans To Adopt Dogs

Earlier this month, the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Arizona is waiving adoption fees for veterans who want to adopt a dog or cat.

The program, called Pets and Vets, was made at the request of a local veteran who wanted everyone who has served our country to have the opportunity to bring a pet into their lives.

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Today, Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) announced the launch of a similar program called Pets for Vets.

Animals bring a lot of happiness and healing to everyone, but especially to those returning from war.

MCACC’s press release states:

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs up to 30% of returning soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).The VA acknowledges that owning a pet can reduce stress and aid in mood lifting making pets a great option for anyone, including returning soldiers, or those with PTSD.

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In ACC’s press release, David Sharpe, Founder of Companions for Heroes, says:

Many veterans do require the assistance of a highly trained service animal and could benefit from training such animals. But most veterans with whom I have spoken simply are looking for the companionship of an animal to feel acknowledged and accepted.

This is a pawesome idea and we hope many more shelters adopt similar programs.

Feature image via Community Table.

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