Partners with charity to help veterans give at-risk shelter pets a second chance at life.
January 6, 2012 Animal Hospital of Parkland PLLC and Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects loyal adult shelter pets with our country's loyal service men and women, joined forces to increase the adoption of adult and other at-risk shelter pets. An estimated four million shelter dogs and cats are put to death every year, in spite of numerous studies proving the emotional and physical benefits of companion pets. Working with Pets for Patriots, Animal Hospital of Parkland helps to give our veterans, service members and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love while providing dogs and cats a second chance at life.
Individuals are eligible from any United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers ? active, reserve, National Guard, retired or veteran. Eligible adoptions must meet one of the following criteria: dogs or cats two years and older, dogs 40-pounds or larger regardless of age, and special needs dogs and cats.
The Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society has also joined with Pets for Patriots and will help any veteran in the community in the Pets for Patriots program find a needs - and lifestyle - appropriate pet. Joining Pets for Patriots is free to veterans and service members. Pets for Patriots works with donors across the country who are motivated to get these loving animals into loving military homes. This helps us place more hard-to-adopt pets with good individuals and families, and save them from being killed.
Our goal is to help our adoption partners re-home harder-to-place pets that still have years of love and life to give, says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. "Companion pets are known to provide real physical and emotional benefits to their guardians, including those suffering from post-combat stress, depression, isolation or physical disability. Were delighted to work with Animal Hospital of Parkland to give these at-risk pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans living in the community."
Service men and women interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service. Approval typically takes one or two business days, after which the military member can visit a trusted shelter for assistance in choosing a new pet friend.
About Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that connects hard-to-adopt shelter pets with service and veteran members of the United States military. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both at-risk pets and military members.
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