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Local shelters offer free animal adoptions to veterans starting Nov. 9

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buddy upRICHMOND, Va. – Local pet agencies and businesses have teamed up to offer veterans free cat and dog adoptions during the week of Nov. 9 through Nov. 15.

Chesterfield Animal Services, Richmond Animal Care and Control, Goochland Animal Shelter, Powhatan Animal Control, and Henrico Animal Protection have teamed up in a cooperative effort to celebrate veterans for their service to America.

Each animal adopted will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated (some also having microchips, and other services).

This venture was made possible by many local businesses and organizations, each individually support the adoption of sheltered animals.

Ring Dog Rescue, Gracie’s Guardians, Canine Adventure, Annabelle’s Second Chance, Dogtopia of Chesterfield, Chop Suey Book’s, Belly Timber Tavern, En Su Boca, The Galster Agency, Fetch A Cure, Tails & Trails, and the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, have all generously donated funds to ensure each animal adopted during this event has its adoption fee and basic medical fees waived.

“Companion pets help people, military veterans included, in various ways and through many life stages,” according to the organization Pets for Patriots. “Among well-established physical benefits are lower cholesterol, blood pressure and triglyceride levels, while emotional impacts include fewer feelings of loneliness and depression.”