Free Pets For Veterans

We Honor Veteran Service

The William F. Terminello Pets for Veterans Program

If you are a United States veteran, we would like to thank you for your service. The Calaveras Humane Society is proud to provide free adoptions to veterans. The special bond between pet and owner offers warmth, comfort, fun, and friendship.

Free Pets For Vets

free pets for veterans
Please contact us with any questions, and thank you for your service!

Calaveras Humane Society

(209) 736-9417


To Qualify

The adopting vet must show one of the following:

  • Common Access Card (CAC Card)
  • Retired Veteran’s ID Card
  • Veteran Hospital Identification Card
  • DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)


  • This program allows for one adoption per vet, though some exceptions may apply (for example, when a bonded pair is being adopted).
  • Free adoptions for veterans are available for dogs, cats, and small animals only.
  • Offer applies only to adoptions at our Angels Camp shelter and is not valid for cat or kitten adoptions at our Arnold thrift store.
  • All vets are subject to our basic requirements for adoption and we reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone for any reason.
  • Only the qualifying veteran is eligible for a free adoption, and must adopt in person at our shelter. This discount is not transferable and may not be shared with a friend or family member.