Pittsburgh —The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects last-chance shelter pets with our country’s loyal service men and women, to increase the adoption of adult and other at-risk homeless pets by veteran and service members of the United States military.
In spite of the demonstrated emotional and physical benefits of companion pets, more dogs and cats are killed each year than the populations of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont combined. Working with Pets for Patriots, [your shelter] gives local veterans, service members and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love while providing millions of dogs and cats a second chance at life.
“For every week a pet is in our shelter, it costs us $250.00; more if they need extra medical care,” says Dan Rossi, Executive Director. “Working with Pets for Patriots, we hope to motivate our local veterans and service members to give these animals a loving home. This will help us place more hard-to-adopt pets with good people who need or want a companion pet, and save more lives.
Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Eligible pets must meet one of three criteria: dog or cat two years or older, dog over 40 pounds regardless of age, or a special needs dog or cat.
Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for Animal Rescue League’s adoption fee. To reduce the chance that these pets are surrendered, the charity sends a $150 gift card upon proof of eligible adoption to help with food and other essentials. Veterans also will also receive a 10% discount in the Animal Rescue League’s Wellness Clinic, as well as other participating veterinary hospitals.
“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. “While at the same time making it more affordable for military personnel to bring a pet into their lives. We’re delighted to work with the Animal Rescue League to give these pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans in the community. Everybody wins.”
The Animal Rescue Shelter quickly saw the potential to find hard-to-adopt dogs and cats permanent homes with service members. “We are able to place almost 7,000 pets each year,” says Janice Barnard, Program Director, “Through our partnership with Pets for Patriots, we hope to provide forever homes to even more loving animals with the many service members and veterans in our area.”
Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service or honorable discharge. Approval typically takes one to two business days, after which they can visit Animal Rescue League for assistance in choosing their new best friend.
The Animal Rescue League of Shelter & Wildlife Center’s mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation. For more information about the Animal Rescue League, please visit www.animalrescue.org.
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. 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 adult pets and military members. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visitwww.petsforpatriots.org for more information.