Nobody deserves to be rewarded more than veterans. They’ve risked their lives to protect our freedoms, and the least we can do to honor that service is offer them special deals, discounts or perks — that’s what makes the new “Pets and Vets” program in Arizona so brilliant.
Under the program, which launched on Nov. 4, 2015, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s shelters will waive adoption fees for vets looking to adopt a pet. (Adopters will be responsible for paying the $17 licensing fee for adopted dogs; there is no licensing fee for cats.)
“We are excited to be able to give back to the veterans in our community,” shelter division manager Linda Soto said in a press release. “They have given so much for our country, and we are happy to offer reduced cost services for pets who may aid them in adjusting back to life at home or simply be a furry companion.”
In order to qualify for this program, a veteran, reservist or active-duty service man or woman must provide any of the following:
- Military ID
- DD214 Military Discharge Certificate
- Honorable Discharge Certificate
- Letter for the U.S. Military Center in St. Louis, Missouri
- Letter from the Maryland Veterans Administration Service Program
The program will be available at all MCACC off-site events and at its three valley locations in Arizona, including the West Valley Care Center in Phoenix, the East Valley Care Center in Mesa and the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Scottsdale.
Here’s to a happy ending for both the veterans and the shelter animals.