One of the leaders of the local Military Heroes Unit program said she thinks the new Wichita Falls Pets for Vets program will make a great impact on the military community.
Wichita Falls City Council recently approved the Pets for Vets program with the Animal Services Center, which allows them to adopt animals for free at the center.
The program waves adoption fees for veterans and active military members.
We spoke with the Military Heros Unit Program Director, Dr. Megan Bodine, who thinks the program will be useful for those who need emotional or PTSD support.
She said an emotional support animal can get some training, but it can be a cat or dog — who the owner feels connection with and gets a feeling of comfort.
A shelter dog could also be a specifically PTSD trained animal, but it would need to be trained at a young age and/or have the temperment to handle the training.
“And when you have a mental health issue, you can never have enough support and somebody that is or something that’s non-judgemental…. and there for you all of the time…. is a perfect resource to have,” Dr. Bodine said.
Even though the adoption fees are waved, new pet owners will still need to get them a rabies vaccine and cover the cost of spaying or neutering.