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Operation Troops & Tails Pet Adoption Kickoff – Armed Forces Week

Published on June 25, 2018

Operation Troops & Tails

In honor of Armed Forces Week, Animal Services is launching Operation Troops & Tails, a free pet adoption program for active military, military retirees, and veterans during Armed Forces Week.

“This is one more way we can give back to those who have served to protect us, our country, and the freedoms we hold dear,” said Dr. Karen Sheppard, Director of Animal Services.

The Troops & Trails special will run year-round. Adoptions include license and microchip, spay/neuter, and rabies vaccination.

During a meet and greet at the Shelter today, military representatives from organizations that specialize in therapy K-9 training for PTSD and other disabilities of veterans, such as Train a Dog – Save a Warrior and “Such a Good Dog,” say the majority of their therapy dogs come from the Shelter.

“Shelter dogs make great companions for any person that may have a unique disability or handicap requiring the aid of a personally trained therapy dog,” said Dr. Sheppard. “We are proud to work with our veterans and others on this effort.”

Whether military families are looking for a playful pet or a therapy partner, the Shelter has many wonderful dogs to choose from. June through August are peak months with the highest intake of surrendered and found dogs. The community plays a big role in helping to match these pets with loving families.

The Huntsville Animal Shelter is located at 4950 Triana Boulevard. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 256-883-3783, or visit HuntsvilleAL.gov/Animal or check us out on Facebook.

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