Humane Society offers free pets for veterans, active soldiers

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Veterans look through rooms for possible companions.

Veterans and members of the armed forces will be offered free pets from the Michigan Humane Society, officials said Thursday. 

More than 150 animals at eight locations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are available through the humane society's new military program, sponsored by Sellers Subaru in Macomb, which donated $25,000 on Thursday, which is Flag Day, for the cost of adoption fees. 

Former Army Staff Sgt. Juan Elizondo

“Soldiers deserve to return home to a grateful country and loving companions. We are happy to give back in this small way,” Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of the Society, said in a news release. “It’s the least we can do, given the freedom they provide us and the support we enjoy from our community.”

The humane society said it believes the program may be the first of it's kind in the nation because it has no exclusions, according to Andrew Seltz, vice president of community engagement and field services.

“Those who qualify are not limited to cats, pets of a certain age, or those with disabilities,” said Seltz, an Army veteran. “Thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor Sellers Subaru, MHS for Military gives adopters the freedom to take any animal they want — for free.”

The program comes  six months after WalletHub ranked Detroit as the worst city for veterans to live.

Proof of honorable military service is required for the MHS for Military program. More information is available at or by calling  (866) MHUMANE.