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Veterans can adopt pets for free at these Sacramento animal shelters

Take a look inside kitten yoga with the Bradshaw Animal Shelter

The Sept. 15 event took place to promote the shelter's annual Whiskers & Wine Fundraiser.
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The Sept. 15 event took place to promote the shelter's annual Whiskers & Wine Fundraiser.

The Sacramento County Animal Shelter and the Sacramento SPCA are offering free adoptions for veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

The county shelter, at 3839 Bradshaw Road, has free animal adoptions all month long for active-duty military and retired veterans. The shelter also has a $25 adoption special for everyone else.

“We’d love to get as many animals we can into the hands of our military,” said Janna Haynes, communications and media officer for the Bradshaw shelter. Check out adoptable pets online here. (The shelter is closed Friday for Veterans Day.)

The Sacramento SPCA, at 6201 Florin Perkins Road, is waiving pet-adoption fees for retired veterans and active-duty military through Sunday. (The shelter is closed Saturday in observance of Veterans Day.)

Veterans can adopt any dog over 7 months old, any cats or kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs.

“Help us thank these amazing folks for their service,” the SPCA says in a Facebook post. You can find adoptable pets here.

At both shelters, proof of military service is required.

“Owning a dog can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Dogs can help people feel better by providing companionship,” the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD says.

Cats have also proved to be beneficial, as evidenced by cats comforting veterans at a Western Massachusetts hospital, according to MassLive.com.

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