Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this



By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 10, 2016 (San Diego) - In honor of Veterans Day, County Animal Services is joining Animals for Armed Forces and waiving adoption fees to military members and their families on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

Residents who show a military ID can stop by the County’s three animal care facilities this Saturday and Sunday and choose from the many dogs, cats, rabbits up for adoption. The three locations will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

Animals for Armed Forces will pick up the tab for the adoption fees. County Animal Services will include vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchips, licensing and a free veterinary exam within the first ten days.

This is the second time County Animal Services has been invited to participate in the adoption event.

“It’s important to remember all of the sacrifices made by veterans, active military and their families to keep us safe,” said County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. “This is our way of saying thank you for all they do.”

County Animal Services and its three shelters are among 28 locations throughout southern California offering the free adoptions through Animals for Armed Forces. The adoption waiver applies to active duty, reserve and veterans of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and their immediate families.

Potential adopters must bring a photo ID and one of the following to be eligible for the fee waiver: a military ID, Dependent ID, DD-214 and driver’s license or NGB Form 22.

For more information, call County Animal Services at (619) 767-2675.

Error message

Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.