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Veterans: Find the furry face you love for free

petstovetsIn honor of veterans, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control will offer U.S. veterans and members of the military the ability to adopt a pet free of charge from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear Lake.

“Pets to Vets” is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families.

San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control will be offering this program to place up to 50 dogs or cats on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014. There is a limit of 2 adoptions per qualified veteran.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the vaccination, adoption and the spay or neuter fees for the first 50 adoptions made to qualified military veterans at San Bernardino County operated animal shelters.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need homes with deserving military veterans who would appreciate companionship,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

To participate, veterans need to provide one form of valid military identification. Valid identification includes a Veterans Identification Card, VA Health Card, Department of Defense/Uniformed Services ID Card, Disabled American Veterans Life Member ID Card, American Legion ID Card, DD-214 form, a Disabled Veteran California State Park and Recreation Pass, or a letter from the San Bernardino County Office of Veterans Affairs.

Animals can be adopted from the following San Bernardino County shelters: The Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, (909) 386-9820 or the Big Bear Animal Shelter located at 42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City, (909)866-4943. The Big Bear shelter is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Devore shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014.

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