Fort Wayne, IN, December 08, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects loyal shelter pets with our country's loyal service men and women, is joining forces with animal shelters and veterinarians in Fort Wayne, Indiana to increase the adoption of adult and at-risk shelter pets.
Working with Pets for Patriots, the Allen County SPCA and the City of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control give veterans, wounded warriors and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love, and provides homeless pets a second chance at life.
“When hearing about the Pets for Patriots program, I didn’t hesitate,” says Sofia Rodriguez Mirwaldt, executive director of the Allen County SPCA. “We will say ‘thank you’ each day through the unconditional love of a canine or feline companion. Taking home one of our homeless pets will provide both the animal and soldier with a lifetime of happiness.”
In support of the charity’s mission to make military pet ownership affordable, Allen Veterinary Hospital and Dupont Veterinary Clinic, both in Fort Wayne, will each provide an ongoing 10% discount off all veterinary fees for any eligible dog or cat adopted through the Pets for Patriots program and brought to their facilities for veterinary care.
“Working with participating animal welfare organizations and veterinarians in Fort Wayne, we can get these animals rehomed in a sustainable way, to the benefit of pet and person,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We’re proud to have such outstanding partners aligned with our cause.”
Individuals are eligible from any United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers: active, reserve, retired or veteran, as well as those transitioning to civilian life. Eligible adoptions include a dog or cat, at least two years old, dogs over 40 pounds and special needs pets. Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans.
“We’re delighted that the the Allen County SPCA has joined our cause as our second shelter partner in Fort Wayne,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “This is a great step towards accelerating the permanent adoption of harder-to-place pets with military families in and around the Fort Wayne community.”
Ms. Mirwaldt agrees. “Given life’s challenges, many individuals are forced to give up their family companions. This program can provide an older pet a second chance at a family and a second chance at a great life.”
Those interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service. Approval typically takes a day or two, after which veterans can visit Allen County SPCA or Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for assistance in choosing their new best friend.
About Pets for Patriots
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. Visit www.petsforpatriots.org for more information.