030823KP0408rSPRINGFIELD – To uplift Illinois veterans, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel led a measure through the Senate that would waive fees for veterans adopting dogs or cats.

“Everyone deserve companionship and many have a special bond they share with their animals,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “The benefits pets can give veterans has improved their health and overall happiness.”

Across the state, pet adoption fees vary widely depending on the organization, ranging from $50 to $275. Loughran Cappel’s measure would require animal shelters and animal control facilities to waive the adoption fee for military veterans in Illinois.

For our returning troops, the benefits of bonding with a pet is important to aiding the transition back to civilian life. The bond created between people and animals can reduce grief, lessen loneliness, and improve mental health and overall well-being. Pets have the ability to improve the lives of veterans and, likewise, veterans can improve the lives of sheltered animals by giving them a home.

“This is a small way to show our veterans we appreciate them and the sacrifices they have made,” said Loughran Cappel.

House Bill 2500 passed the Senate on Thursday.