The Veteran Adoption Fund helps us offset the cost of waiving adoption fees for animals to approved veterans (a new initiative required by the State of Illinois). Your support ensures our heroes receive the companionship they deserve.

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Veteran Fund

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Donation Total: $25.00

ColtonRecently Illinois passed a law that requires rescue groups and shelters to give dogs away for free to veterans. (The rescues/shelters can still deny an applicant if the family doesn’t meet their adoption criteria.) That law creates quite a dilemma for those of us in rescue who rely largely on adoption donations to continue to do the work we do every day.

For each cat we adopt out that requires medical care, the adoption fee does not fully cover our expenses. We lose money as it is for every cat we adopt out. For dogs, the adoption fee allows for an additional $150 to go towards our overall expenses, if all we have to do is the general medical expenses for them, not additional. We continually have to raise additional money for sick animals.

We are a grass roots rescue that doesn’t receive any government funding or large donations so the adoption fees are critical for us so that we can stay in business. We have a tiny staff getting paid extremely modest salaries and we cut corners and rely on volunteers often to help support our work.

This is where you can help us. We are setting up a special fund that will be earmarked for the free animals that will be provided for approved veterans for our organization. This will help us comply with the law, yet not cause us major hardship, which would require us to cut costs elsewhere, such as saying no to taking in more animals more often.

Cotton, the dog in the photo, was applied for by a veteran and has to be given for free to the family. The family has applied and will be approved. The adoption fee is normally $525.00. If everyone could please donate a few dollars to this fund we’d be so grateful. Moving forward we are hoping there will be money in there to help us when needed.

Other Ways to Help!

Wish List

Wish List

We have compiled a list of the items we need replenished often. Donating an item off this list means we do not have to purchase it and we have those items on-hand when needed.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon, except a portion of your purchase can be donated to AEAR. Use the link below to start shopping and donating to AEAR.



Sign up (for FREE) at… you shop at your favorite online stores and AEAR gets a donation for each purchase you make!
Use the link below to get started today!

Good Search

Earn money for AEAR just by searching the internet! Everytime you do a search through GoodSearch, AEAR earns a little donation.

Good Shop

Earn money for AEAR just by shopping online! We earn a percentage of each purchase made when you click to a store through a link from the GoodShop website.

Raise Right

Raise Right

Want to support AEAR simply by purchasing gift cards to places you already shop?

Its as simple as 1, 2, 3

  1. Download the Raise Right app
  2. Use AEAR’s enrollment code to register
  3. Purchase gift cards via the app and use at your favorite stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and many other stores, including online at Amazon.

Once you active your account, you can use the app to purchase gift cards and a % of the gift card value is donated back to AEAR.  The % varies depending on gift cards, but are listed in the app.