The Allegany County Animal Shelter is proud to announce the commencement of their new program, Pets for Vets. To express gratitude to the brave men and women who selflessly defend our country, Pets for Vets will unite current and veteran members of the armed forces with a companion cat or dog with no adoption fees. To qualify, a copy of the member’s DD214 or military ID should be presented at the time of adoption, along with the other adoption requirements (Photo ID, lease agreement, and proof of rabies for any current companions).
The bond between man and animal is profound, and this program will also help heal emotional grief that many of service members struggle with after deployment. Pets for Vets programs exist in many communities across the United States. Spc. George Davis, adopted his dog, Shelby, after returning home from Afghanistan and notes, “Pets for Vets was a blessing to me. After all I had been through in the Army and the losses I endured, it was heart warming to know somebody back home had come up with this program. All I wanted in the Army was a dog, but with constant traveling, it didn’t allow me the time or place to do so. Having Shelby now has been amazing and I recommend it to all Vets because we need them as much as they need us. “
The Allegany County Animal Shelter is a community resource for assistance and information on companion animals. They are located at 716 Furnace Street in Cumberland, and questions can be answered by calling 301-777-5930.