Jackson's animal shelter offering Veterans pets

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JACKSON, MI (WILX) - A Jackson organization wants to provide a helping hand to veterans in need of a friend.

They will do so by providing service members with pets.

Jackson's Friends of the Animals announced it is sponsoring "Pets for Jackson County Veterans."

The event started Monday, May 20 and runs until June 15.

During that time veterans can visit the Jackson County Animal Shelter and choose an animal to take home as a pet.

"There's so many organizations across the country that are realizing the value of matching veterans with pets and helping with PTSD," Lydia Sattler, Jackson County Animal Shelter Director said. "And knowing that we have a lot of animals in the shelter right now that really would be a great match for someone that's needing that companionship and that comfort, the fact that we can help both the veterans and animals out is just a win-win situation."

The Friends of the Animals for the Jackson area says it hopes this event helps enrich the lives of veterans.

The event is funded through a grant from the Samuel Higby and Margaret H. Camp fund.

Pet adoptions fees at this event will be covered.

All animals at the event will be current on their vaccines and will be spayed or neutered.

To adopt a per veterans will need to bring their Michigan driver's license or state ID showing that they reside in Jackson County.

They will also need a copy of their DD214 paperwork or their Jackson County Veterans ID card.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is located at 3370 Spring Arbor Road and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The shelter is closed on Sunday.

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