JACKSON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – Pets can be wonderful companions for everyone, but they can be especially helpful to veterans.
Including those dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Jackson County Animal Shelter along with Friends of the Animals in Jackson are holding their Pets for Veterans event.
Any Jackson County veteran can adopt one dog or two cats for free.
All you have to do is show your Jackson County Veteran ID or discharge papers and your driver’s license.
If you’re getting a dog you have to pay the $5 or $10 for a dog license, but other than that, the adoption is free of charge.
Veterans are coming to the Jackson County Animal Shelter to adopt their new companion.
One adopter even waited outside before the shelter opened just to make sure she got the pup she fell in love with.
“You know he just, when I came in last Monday, I don’t know, you know, it just felt right,” said Jennifer Enyart, veteran.
For veterans animals can be more than just companions.
They can be therapeutic, just by keeping their mind off the daily struggles.
“Dogs are comforting to almost anybody and somebody like that they need a little extra just to get through each day,” said Ed Weesner, veteran.
For Enyart taking care of her new dog, Tucker, might even help her take care of herself.
Experts say taking care of animals can give veterans a new sense of purpose.
“It always helps when you have something else to focus on you don’t have to think so much about everything else going on,” said Enyart.
Pets for Veterans is beneficial for both the adopted and the adopter.
For such a small fee, Enyart says it was an easy choice.
“It worked out so now I have all the extra money to spoil him and give him what he needs, you know, with his special needs,” said Enyart.
The event is just for Jackson County residents and will run until July 11 or until the $2,000 donation by Friends of the Animals runs out.