Denver, CO, July 28, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects loyal adult shelter pets with our country's loyal service men and women, is joining forces with animal shelters and veterinarians in the Denver metro area to increase the adoption of adult 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, Dumb Friends League and Angels With Paws give veterans, wounded soldiers and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love through adult dog and cat adoption.
“We are honored to partner with Pets for Patriots and want to thank military personnel for their service to our country by helping them find that perfect match, says Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “A pet brings so much joy to one’s life, and by adopting, these families also give a homeless pet a second chance at happiness.”
Jean Ausenbaugh, Director of Angels With Paws agrees, saying, “We’re very excited to be part of the Pets for Patriots program. We love our vets and want to do everything we can for them, and we love being part of this wonderful idea.” In addition to cat adoption, Angels With Paws offers a cat foster program to active duty military personnel who are scheduled to deploy and have no one to care for their pet.
Community Pet Hospital supports the charity’s mission to make military pet ownership affordable by providing a minimum 10% discount off all veterinary fees for the life of the adopted pet, at all three of its Denver metro facilities.
“Community Pet Hospital is honored to be part of Pets for Patriots,” says Jim Nash, Hospital Administrator. “Helping our veterans care for their pets is such a small contribution, compared to the tremendous sacrifice and commitment they have made. We appreciate the opportunity to say, “thank you” by sharing our love for the human-animal bond.”
Individuals are eligible from any branch of the United States military and at any stage of their careers – active, reserve, retired or veteran – and those transitioning to civilian life. Eligible adoptions include a dog or cat, at least two years old, as well as large dogs and special needs pets. Dumb Friends League and Angels With Paws, in Denver and Lakewood, respectively, will help any participating military personnel in the community find a needs- and lifestyle-appropriate pet.
“Our goal is to accelerate the adoption of 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. “Working with not-for-profit animal welfare organizations and veterinarians in the community, we can get these animals rehomed in a sustainable way, to the benefit of pet and person.”
Service members interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service. Approval takes only a day or two, after which veterans can visit any of the member shelters in the Denver metro area for assistance in choosing their new best friend.
“As a veteran,” says Community Pet Hospital’s Jim Nash, I am so thankful for the mission of Pets for Patriots, and for their providing the companionship and loyalty that a pet brings to our lives – two qualities that we have learned to value. Hooah!”
About Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members honorably adopt adult 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 national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign, member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit www.petsforpatriots.org for more information.