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Pet adoption event for military and veterans returns

U.S. veterans and members of the military will be eligible for no cost pet adoptions during San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control’s (ACC) Pets 2 Vets adoption event.

During the Veterans Day promotion, from November 5-12, active duty service members, veterans, and their immediate family members can adopt dogs and cats from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear. This event is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families. ACC will adopt dogs or cats to qualified U.S. armed forces members (Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard) and veterans. Immediate family of service members and veterans are also eligible. There is a limit of two adoptions per qualified individual.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists homeless animals in San Bernardino County, is sponsoring the event.  “Thanks to ARFF, service members, veterans, and their families can bring home a loving furever friend at no cost” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

To participate, adopters 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:

Devore Animal Shelter

19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino

(909) 386-9820

Big Bear Animal Shelter

42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City

(909) 866-4943

For more information call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control shelters or visit

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