Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) will waive adoption fees on Veteran’s Day—Saturday, November 11—to encourage Chicago-area military veterans to adopt a pet, as part of the statewide Pets for Vets initiative.
“Many veterans who return from service may be coping with physical and emotional wounds that make it difficult to transition back into civilian life,” said Susan Russell, executive director of CACC. “By making pet adoption easy, we can support the well-being of veterans and demonstrate our gratitude for their service to our country.”
Veterans who are interested in adopting a pet as part of the Pets for Vets initiative can visit the CACC shelter at 2741 S. Western Avenue, on Saturday, November 11, from 12 to 4 p.m. Applicants must complete adoption applications by 6 p.m. and bring the following information:
- Lease or landlord’s phone number if they rent
- Current vaccination records for any pets at home
- Military ID
Coordinated by Illinois State Comptroller Susanna Mendoza, Pets for Vets is made possible by sponsors, including Fifth Third Bank, Ariel Investments, Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Blue Dog Bakery, Bourbon on Division, Choose Chicago, SP+, State Farm, Testa Produce Inc., the John Buck Company Foundation, and Tradition Gastro Pub and Bar.
Illinois Comptroller Susanna Mendoza has a long history of championing animal welfare and is continuing the late Judy Baar Topinka’s Comptroller’s Critters Program, helping to find shelter animals homes. Comptroller’s Critters was designed to help people locate pet adoption shelters throughout Illinois with the goal of providing people with the resources they need to adopt a pet and ultimately to reduce animal control costs at a state and local level. The office has partnered with shelters throughout Illinois to help reduce the number of animals waiting to be adopted.
CACC is the city’s only municipal-run animal shelter with a mission to protect public safety and to promote the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education, and animal law enforcement. In 2016, CACC took in nearly 16,000 animals and responded to more than 40,000 resident requests for services, ranging from help with lost pets to concerns about dangerous dogs. CACC works with nearly 200 transfer partners to give pets a second chance for a loving home and to refer Chicagoans to other important free and low-cost services, including spay/neuter, vaccines, microchips, and more.