SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — As a way to celebrate military members and their families this weekend, San Diego County Animal Services will waive adoption fees.
From May 24 to 26, the department will take part in the Animals for Armed Forces adoption event to offer the free adoptions for cats, dogs, and rabbits.
Active duty, reserve, and veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard and their immediate family are eligible for the promotion.
County Animal Services’ Carlsbad and Bonita locations will also include free vaccinations, spay or neuter, a microchip, licensing, and a veterinary exam with adoptions.
“This is the County’s way of saying thank you for all the sacrifices the military and their families make to keep us safe,” County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa said. “And sometimes these adoptions have the effect of the two rescuing each other.”
Those interested in adopting a pet must show photo identification and at least one of the following forms of ID: A military ID, Dependent ID, DD-214 and driver’s license or NGB Form 22.
The adoption event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day of the event. County Animal Services will be closed on Memorial Day.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center is also waiving its adoption fees in honor of military members.
As part of a partnership with the nonprofit Animals for Armed Forces Foundation, adoption fees for approved families will be covered from May 24-26.
This weekend’s adoption hours at the Rancho Santa Fe center:
-- May 24: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
-- May 25: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
-- May 26: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The special promotion is limited to one animal per household and is while supplies last.
Those who are adopting will be asked to only pay a $32 microchip fee.