This Monday, Nov. 12 we celebrate Veterans Day, an official U.S. holiday honoring the service of our country’s armed service veterans.
President Woodrow Wilson first declared Nov. 11 as Armistice Day in 1919. Armistice Day was intended to show gratitude for veterans of World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks proposed that Armistice Day honor all veterans, not just those who served in WWI. Congress established the holiday in 1954, and soon thereafter amended the title to replace Armistice Day with Veterans Day.
As we stop to honor the loyalty and bravery of our military service members who protect our freedoms, we also consider the loyal canine companions that have accompanied them. In January of next year, the U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument — the first national monument to pay tribute to military dogs — will be unveiled in California. The monument will honor every dog that has served in combat since World War II.
Not only do dogs accompany our service members into battle, they have also long played a role in helping veterans readjust to civilian life. Many organizations are dedicated to training dogs to help veterans in a variety of ways, from mobility impairment to PTSD. Low-cost adoptions, training and follow-up support can also be provided in an effort to ensure that the needs of service members are well-served by their canine companions.
For the week of Nov. 12 through Nov. 17, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will honor our nation’s veterans and their service dogs with $30 adoption fees for all animals (dogs, cats, puppies and kittens)! All animals have been sterilized and are current on vaccines. Adoptions for the week will be free to veterans with documented proof of service.
Please take the time this week to thank a veteran for their service!
Now that it’s getting colder, the HSCAZ animal shelter is requesting donations of blankets, and lots of them. Please drop off your donations at the shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street and west of McLane Road. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make a monetary donation, mail checks to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Touchdown is an energetic male Skye Terrier mix, approximately 1 year old. He is friendly and outgoing with both people and dogs, and loves to chase balls and climb in laps. He can be a little forward when asking for attention, and would really benefit from some basic training. He’s a smart boy and would likely catch on fast!
Max is a 4-year-old American pit bull terrier mix with a repertoire of tricks! He knows sit, down, shake and will “choose” which hand is holding a treat. He loves to go for runs with kennel staff and lounge on his bed in the lobby. Max is dog social, but can be a little rude, so would be best with tolerant dogs. He hasn’t met a person he didn’t like!
Penny is a Boston terrier, about 7 years old. She is quiet, docile and sweet, but cannot go home with cats. She likes to cuddle, and would do best in a quiet home with lots of available lap time!
Jack is a friendly, easygoing young Labrador and pit bull mix, about 2 years old. He is very people-focused and loves to play in the yard. He makes grunting noises and “talks” to his people when playing. Jack is dog tolerant, but does not show much interest in playing with other dogs.
Luke Skywalker is a super-playful kitten about 4 months old. He will play with cats, toys, people, maybe even dogs! He also has a quiet side, and loves to sit in laps or on shoulders for gentle petting.
Sugar Puff is a beautiful female cat, about 8 years old. She enjoys attention, but is otherwise pretty calm. She is comfortable with other cats, but does not seek out interaction. Sugar Puff likes to lie quietly in her bed and watch the other cats play.