Veterans Day Pets to VetsSan Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) will recognize U.S. veterans with free pet adoptions Nov.  9-17, 2013. Veterans can adopt dogs and cats from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear Lake through the shelter’s “Pets to Vets.” The outreach is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families.  On Saturday, November 9, ACC will place up to 250 dogs or cats free of charge to qualified U.S. military veterans.  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 250 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. Both shelters are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. For more information about the “Pets to Vets” program, please call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at 1-800-472-5609.