PETS FOR VETS IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
Pets for Vets provides free cat and dog adoption services to local area veterans through the CVHS shelter.
Pet for Vets is made possible thanks to grant funding from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
The Pets for Vets program will cover all adoption fees (normally $150 for dogs or $90 for cats) along with initial supplies and more. Although the monetary value CVHS is able to offer through this program is substantial, CVHS hopes the value of the companionship from these animals will be an even greater factor in our area’s veterans.
New dog owners will receive a new collar, leash, bowl, initial food and toys as well as free enrollment in CVHS’s seven-week dog obedience class (valued at $100). All dog adoption fees include: heartworm test(dog), age-appropriate vaccinations, deparasitizing (external and internal), grooming (if needed), microchip, and the required spay or neuter surgery.
New cat owners will receive a new cat carrier, litter box, litter scoop, initial food and toys. All cat adoption fees include: feline leukemia test, age-appropriate vaccinations, deparasitizing (external and internal), grooming (if needed), microchip, and the required spay or neuter surgery.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Owning an animal can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Pets can help people feel better by providing companionship. All pet owners, including those who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience these benefits.” Additionally, pets help to keep owners active and involved in the outdoors, another important factor that increases well- being of veterans.
Veterans can provide great lives for pets and often have the strong discipline from their service that helps to create tight bonds between owners and pets. We are glad that not only will we be able to thank them for their service with this program, but cats and dogs will also be able to find quality homes. The Pets for Vets program will also aid in CVHS’s goal to place more animals in permanent homes.
Local veterans will be able to apply for the program by contacting CVHS by phone or in person. To qualify, applicants must meet CVHS’s normal adoption criteria (housing, activity level, etc.) and be able to provide a current or retired military ID or written records.
If you would like to support programs like Pets for Vets, you may donate to CVHS online or via mail at:
Cedar Valley Humane Society
7411 Mt Vernon Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403