Pets for Vets: Blue Ridge Humane launches programs to honor veterans, help seniors

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Popeye available for adoption at Blue Ridge Humane Society
Popeye available for adoption at Blue Ridge Humane Society

Blue Ridge Humane Society has announced two adoption incentive programs for active and inactive service members and senior citizens.

November marks both Veteran’s Day and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, making it the perfect opportunity to officially announce Blue Ridge Humane’s Pets for Vets and Seniors for Seniors adoption programs, BRHS said in a news release.

Both programs seek to reduce barriers to adoption and help harder-to-place animals find homes with individuals who may not have thought of adopting in the past.

For the Seniors for Seniors program, the humane society hopes to find loving homes for senior pets who typically stay at the Adoption Center longer than others.

With Pets for Vets, BRHS wishes to honor the military and their sacrifices for the country by making it easier for them to bring a loving animal into their homes, the release continues.

Studies show that owning a pet reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure and staves off loneliness, according to humane soceity.

“We hope that not only will we find homes for some of the animals in our care quicker, but that we will also be able to more easily provide the love and joy of owning a pet to members of our community who may not have thought of rescuing,” the release states.

Squash, available for adoption at Blue Ridge Humane Society
Squash, available for adoption at Blue Ridge Humane Society

“At Blue Ridge Humane Society, we understand the bond between a human and their pet. The joy a pet brings to individuals' lives is immeasurable,” says Angela Prodrick, executive director. “These two discounts help us to promote both. Both of these programs have been a long-time dream of mine. I am thrilled to be able to offer them to our community.”

To celebrate the new programs, Blue Ridge Humane and the Blue Door Bottleshop and Beer Hall are partnering for a Veteran’s Day event.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the Blue Door Bottleshop will donate $1 per draft between 2 p.m. until closing to Blue Ridge Humane Society to support adoptions and programs like Pets for Vets and Seniors for Seniors.

Blue Ridge Humane staff will also be onsite from 4-7 p.m. with more information about the new programs and nonprofit. Treats will be provided for any canine guests. All are welcome to attend and well-behaved dogs are always welcome at the Blue Door.

Program eligibility is simple - just confirm your age or show proof of military service to have your fee waived at the time of adoption. To learn more about adoptions and see if the discount works for you, contact Brittany at adopt@blueridgehumane.org.

To view animals available for adoption at Blue Ridge Humane, visit www.blueridgehumane.org/adopt. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip, free exam by a participating veterinarian, de-worming, heartworm test (dogs over 6 months), current heartworm preventative, feline leukemia and FIV test (cats and kittens), one month of pet insurance offered by PetFirst, a starter bag of food and on-call training advice from the BRHS behavior & training manager.

To learn more or to make a donation, go to www.blueridgehumane.org or call 828-692-2639.

This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Blue Ridge Humane launches two programs to honor vets, help seniors

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