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.
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.
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.