By Christy McLeap

Now through November 13th is the  Pets-2-Vets adoption event. The San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) announced they’re recognizing our U.S. veterans and members of the military with no-cost pet adoptions.

The San Bernardino County animal shelters in Devore & Big Bear City have dog and cat adoptions available for qualified U.S. armed forces members: active duty, reserves, National Guard and veterans. Even immediate family members of service members and veterans are also eligible to adopt, however there will be a limit of two adoptions per qualified individual.

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), which assists stray animals in San Bernardino County  along with the Animals for Armed Forces Foundation, which is a Fullerton-based organization are the two local non-profit organizations that are sponsoring the event.

Brian Cronin, chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to place homeless pets with deserving military veterans and their families, thanks to the generous financial support of our two non-profit sponsors.”

If interested you’ll need to provide one form of valid military identification. According to the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control, valid identification includes a Veterans Identification Card, VA Health Card, Department of Defense/Uniformed Services ID Card, Disabled American Veterans Life Member ID Card, American Legion ID Card, DD-214 form, a Disabled Veteran California State Park and Recreation Pass, or a letter from the San Bernardino County Office of Veterans Affairs.

The two shelters participating are the Devore Animal Shelter, 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, (909)-386-9820 and the Big Bear Animal Shelter, 42080 Northshore Drive in Big Bear City, (909) 866-4943.

For more information call those individual San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control shelters or visit


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