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Animal Shelter Offers Free Adoptions for Veterans and Service Members

Animal Shelter Offers Free Adoptions for Veterans and Service Members
Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 14:59:31-05

If you are - or know of - a veteran looking for companionship, Ingham County Animal Control is waiving adoption fees for veterans November 13-17 (the shelter is closed on November 12 in honor of Veterans Day).

ICAC is proud to support veterans and want to make sure any veteran that can provide an animal companion with a suitable home can get matched with a forever pet.

The brave men and women who have served our country often find transitioning back to civilian life difficult. Having a pet at home to provide unconditional love and support can be a source of stability. Pets help the stress of PTSD, and reduce depression, anxiety for returning soldiers.

“It feels good to know these animals and people can go on and help each other. The dogs and cats at the shelter are looking for a new home to start a new life with. What better home then with someone who’s done our country an incredible service.” Says interim Deputy Director Kate Turner. “All next week we are trying to make those connections happen, and there will be no adoption fee for pets going home with veterans.”

Dogs adopted to Ingham County residents will need to purchase a dog license ($15) within 30 days of the adoption. Veterans must bring in their military ID to qualify for the no fee adoptions. All adoptions are subject to normal approval procedures and restrictions including an adoption application, interview, and proof of landlord permission for renters. All pets are available on a first come, first served basis and all pets adopted from the Ingham County Animal Shelter are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Reduced fee adoptions are made possible through the generous donations of pet loving citizens of Ingham County.

For more information on discounted adoption fees or other programs at Ingham County Animal Control, contact the shelter at 517-676-8370, visit the ICAC website at, or visit the shelter at 600 Curtis St. in Mason. Ingham County Animal Control is open M,T,Th,F,Sa 10:30-5pm and W 10:30-6pm.

Source: Press Release