Free “Pets for Vets” makes new best friends

MASON, Mich (WLNS) – Although Veterans Day may be over the honoring continued at the Ingham County Animal Shelter.

Veterans were not only thanked but re-paid with companionship.

This couple put their lives on the line for our country every day and both are veterans in the military.

But now they’re helping save another life right here in Ingham County.

Barbie Heerema is looking for a pet and says “we’ve saw a couple that we are looking to narrow it down to and maybe take home.”

Today the Heeremas took advantage of the “Free Pets for Vets” event at the Ingham County Animal Shelter.

The two veterans and their son were spending a little time with each of the kittens, hoping to take one home.

“Timing’s right,” adds Heerema. “He’s old enough that he can help, take responsibility and he’s been asking for a while for an animal at home.”

John Dinon, the director the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter explains the reason the event. “It’s the least we can do for our veterans, they do so much to protect our country and our freedom.”

Dinon says he appreciates the sacrifices our veterans make and wanted to find a way to honor them.

And what better way than to give them a furry friend?

“When you come back from a stressful situation, like being away at war, having a pet to give you comfort and have someone to hang out with is a great thing,” says Dinon.

He adds because the shelter has been filled with animals it’s been waiving fees for county residents and veterans all week.

Dinon says it’s not only helped capacity in the shelter but the well-being of others, cured by cuteness.

“Pets always enhance your quality of life and we want to help everybody, especially our veterans, so it’s a great place to come in, meet your new best friend.”

And finding a new best friend is just what the Heerema family got on this Saturday.

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