In honour of Animal Cruelity Awareness Month we have an interview with an awesome organization that enables military folks to adopt adult pets at a reduced cost. Check it out below;
Tell us about Pets for Patriots...how would you describe it to someone whose never heard of you before?
Pets for Patriots is a 501(c)(3) charity that supports the permanent adoption of adult shelter pets by U.S. service members and veterans. Service men and women are eligible at any stage of their military careers - active, reserve, retired, veteran - and from all branches of military service. Once we're fully operational, we'll provide access to reduced cost care for the life of the adopted pet, which will include veterinary care, as well as special discounts on essential pet care products, food and supplies.
What started the whole concept?
I have an irrepressible love for animals and even started a dog walking service when I was 12 - long before it was a fashionable thing to do. My family always adopted shelter pets and it broke my heart - and still does - to see how many viable pets will never know the joys of a loving home. At the same time I was raised with a strong sense of patriotism and respect for those who safeguard our freedoms. I had the idea that our not-for-profit could make a positive impact for both of these populations.
Where are you located?
We are located in Long Beach, New York, but plan to operate nationally.
How can people help?
Right now the greatest help is donations. People can make secure, tax deductible contributions by credit card through our website or, if they prefer, fill out our mail-in donation form and send us a check. We're trying to raise funds in support of our inaugural adoption event, which will be announced once we have funding in order. And in the interim we're working hard to facilitate a few local adoptions, for which we need funds as well.
What kind of animals do you deal with? Are they only adult animals?
Our focus is on adult animals. Eligible adoptions include large dogs, those over 40 pounds, and special needs dogs or cats. These populations are typically the hardest for shelters to rehome, yet make wonderful pets and have years of love and life to give.
What is the criteria for someone wanting to adopt through your organization?
Becoming a member Patriot is very simple and folks can apply online. We do require proof of military service via either a military ID card or DD214, proof of discharge.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I'd like to point out that we are one of the only organizations nationally to focus on both adult shelter pets and military personnel. There are many wonderful charities that pair service animals with wounded veterans and we applaud their work. We exist for the ordinary homeless dog or cat that would make an extraordinary friend for a military member or family.
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