I love this program, pairing U.S. veterans with a dog. I was somewhat involved with the last year, as Judy Baar Topinka initiated the program. Another dog lover, Susan Mendoza picked up the. idea and continues support for this great program with Fifth Third Bank and the Anti Cruelty Society.
Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza and The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank, will host the second annual Pets for Vets animal adoption day next month in honor of Veterans Day.
On Nov. 5, veterans of the United States Armed Forces can adopt a pet without paying adoption fees.
Thanks to a generous donation by Fifth Third Bank, any veteran that visits The Anti-Cruelty Society and selects a dog or cat that they want to add their family, the adoption (upon approval by The Anti-Cruelty Society) is free.
Also joining the event is local veteran’s organization War Dogs Making it Home. This organization pairs veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with rescue dogs who are trained as their service dogs.
Mendoza said this is one way to remind our veterans that our appreciation for their service extends beyond their tours of duty.
“What better way to thank our veterans for all they have done for our Country, than to provide them with an animal friend that will bring years of love and devotion? Though this gesture is small in comparison to what they have given us, we hope it will provide them with a lifetime of wonderful memories,” she said.