Celebrates Veterans Day with free adoption fees - Animal Friends is hosting an adoption special in honor of Veterans Day this week with free adoption for veterans and a discounted care package for their new furry friends.
It was founded over 75 years ago as a resource for soldiers leaving for World War 2 who had no other place to leave their pets. Nowadays, Animal Friends is the Pittsburgh chapter of Pets for Veterans.
'We know that while there are so many homeless animals in our region, there are also veterans out there who are struggling,' Cody Hoellerman, Animal Friends director of communications.
'The companionship that an animal can offer is one-of-a-kind and these veteran adopters are giving the animal the gift of a loving home.'
To celebrate Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, Animal Friends will waive the adoption fees and offer a 15% discount on companion animals supplies for any veteran who would like to be matched with a companion animal today and Thursday. It is currently open by appointment-only for covid-19 restrictions.
There are dogs, cats and rabbits available. The facility along Camp Horne Road is brimming with about 75 animals ready to send new families home. Cody Hoellerman Animal Friends director of communications, hopes to re-home as many pets as possible this week. An adoption team will help potential homeowners find a suitable match for their needs, personality and lifestyle, Hoellerman said.
Sponsored by the Major Benjamin Follansbee Memorial Fund, the "Pets for Vets" program waives adoption fees for active and retired military members, all year. Anyone who qualifies must present a military ID or a DD214 form and the matching process can begin. Pets will be sent home with up-to-date vaccinations, spayed or neutered and microchipped.
During the state-imposed shutdown earlier this year, Animal Friends continued to provide animals with food and water as well as medication and behavioral services. A telemedicine program has also been set up to help people who have questions about their pets' health.
The site also offered a drive-through pet food distribution service for low-income pet owners, after receiving five times the normal call volume of requests during the covid19 period.
Since the reopening of the site, clients can no longer attend drop-in services, but they can make an adoption appointment, use the Chow Wagon pet food bank, request a humane investigation, book spay/neuter services and order a playground rental.