Springfield – Illinois veterans will be able to adopt pets without paying a fee starting Jan. 1, thanks to a new law from state Sen. Meg Loughran Keppel.
“Our veterans have given their lives to protect our freedom,” said Rep. Loughran Keppel (D-Shorewood). They can provide benefits, including happiness.”
Across the state, pet adoption fees vary widely, ranging from $50 to $275, depending on the organization. Loughran Cappel’s new law requires animal shelters and animal control facilities in Illinois to waive adoption fees for military veterans.
For our returning soldiers, the benefits of bonding with a pet are critical to helping transition back to civilian life. Bonding between humans and animals can reduce grief, reduce loneliness, and improve mental health and overall well-being. Pets have the potential to improve the lives of veterans, and so can veteran shelters improve their lives by giving them homes.
“This new law is a small way to show our veterans that we appreciate them,” Loughran Keppel said. “I will always be an advocate for the advancement of our armed forces, and I am proud to introduce legislation that gives our sincere thanks for their sacrifices, and gives them the opportunity to adopt pets without worrying about the fees.” Is.”
House Bill 2500 will take effect on January 1, 2024.