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Program Unites Pets, Vets, First Responders

If you are you passionate about supporting local veterans and first responders, and have a soft spot for animals, an upcoming event at American Veterans First will be right up your alley.

“We have an exciting event coming up that you won’t want to miss,” explained Paige McLaughlin, American Veterans First CEO and director of the board.

The organization is offering the Pets for Veterans and First Responders Event, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. at American Veterans First, 6436 Oakdale Road in Riverbank.

AVF is launching a new program with the Oakdale Animal Shelter with this week’s Meet and Greet. Adoption and all medical fees that usually accompany an animal shelter pet adoption will be waived for veterans, active-duty military, and first responders.

“This event aims to bring together animal lovers, supporters of our heroes, and individuals who want to make a positive impact in their lives,” McLaughlin said.

By participating in this event, the CEO added, attendees will have the opportunity to:

Connect with veterans and first responders. Engage in meaningful conversations with these incredible individuals who have selflessly served our country and communities. Share your gratitude and listen to their inspiring stories.

Help pets find forever homes. Meet adorable and lovable animals who are seeking their forever families. By adopting or fostering a pet, you can provide them with the love, care, and companionship they deserve.

Support a worthy cause. Your participation in the event will contribute to organizations that provide assistance and support to veterans, first responders, and their furry friends. Through your generosity, you can help fund vital programs and services that make a real difference in their lives.

Enjoy a fun-filled day. Join in for various activities, including pet adoptions, educational information, Q and A sessions with Staff and Volunteers from the Oakdale Animal Shelter and more.

“Bring your family, friends, and absolutely bring your favorite veteran or first responder to make it a truly unforgettable experience,” McLaughlin said.

To learn more about the Pets for Veterans and First Responders Event, visit the AVF website at If you have other questions or would like to get involved, call 209-556-4738.