San Antonio, TX, December 17, 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, welcomes the Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) to its program to increase the adoption of adult and at-risk shelter pets in San Antonio.
Working with Pets for Patriots, the ADL gives veterans, wounded warriors and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love, and provides at-risk homeless pets a second chance at life.
“The Animal Defense League is very pleased to now be part of the Pets for Patriots Program,” says Janice Darling, ADL’s executive director. “Our mission, since 1934, is to save as many dogs’ and cats’ lives as possible in the greater San Antonio community. Through the Pets for Patriots program we hope to increase awareness of ADL and our mission to the many military members and their families living in San Antonio.”
In support of the charity’s mission to make military pet ownership affordable, City Veterinary Hospital in San Antonio will 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 facility for veterinary care.
“Coming from a military family, I have great appreciation for those who serve and protect our country,” says Dr. Jeffrey Rose, owner of City Veterinary Hospital. “That is why I have always extended a courtesy discount to those who currently serve. When Pets for Patriots contacted me I felt this was a great opportunity to extend a much-needed ‘thank you’ to those who have served and are currently serving our country, by extending to them a courtesy discount on their veterinary services.”
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.
“Our goal is to accelerate the adoption of harder-to-place pets that we know can be excellent companions to our veterans and service members,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “Working with not-for-profit animal welfare organizations and veterinarians in the San Antonio area, we can get these animals rehomed in a sustainable way, to the benefit of pet and person. We’re proud to have such outstanding partners supporting our cause in the community, including ADL, which is a no-kill shelter, and the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, which is working to achieve no-kill status by 2012.”
Ms. Darling notes that ADL provides temporary homes for adult dogs and cats, and rehabilitates hundreds of injured animals every year. “Our goal is to find wonderful, forever homes for these dignified and deserving pets,” she says. “We are also proud to be able to offer a small service to those who have done so much for our country and hope that, together, we can save many lives.”
As a veterinarian for more than 20 years, Dr. Rose knows what homeless animals need most. “Having worked closely with shelter animals, I understand the need for more caring and loving homes. Pets for Patriots is helping to fill that need.”
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 the Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) or the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) for assistance in choosing their new best friend. Once an eligible adoption is complete, member veterans can visit City Veterinary Hospital for ongoing, discounted, high-quality veterinary care.
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.