Last-Chance Dog in Search of Loving Veteran to Call His Own

High Ridge Animal Hospital in Stamford, CT offers discounted veterinary care for veterans adopting homeless pets.

Stamford, CT, August 18, 2011 --( Pets for Patriots, a not-for-profit that connects loyal shelter pets with our country's loyal service men and women, welcomes the High Ridge Animal Hospital into its national network of veterinarians and animal welfare organizations working together to increase the adoption of last-chance shelter pets.

The High Ridge Animal Hospital has provided experienced, compassionate and high-quality pet care to the Stamford community since 1970. In support of the charity’s mission to make military pet ownership affordable, High Ridge Animal Hospital will extend a generous, ongoing 20% discount off all veterinary services for any Pets for Patriots eligible dog or cat adopted through Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN). OPIN is a Pets for Patriots member organization dedicated to helping the homeless animals of Stamford Animal Care and Control.

"These women and men of our military service are placing all they have in harm's way to protect us and our way of life," says Dr. Jack Garman, veterinarian and owner of High Ridge Animal Hospital. "Pets for Patriots encourages the bond between pets and their owners, and this is just a small recognition of the sacrifices these folks make to maintain our security and comfort. Also, with the dedication they show their country, I am 100% positive they will show the same dedication to a pet in need!"

The collaboration between Pets for Patriots, High Ridge Animal Hospital and OPIN gives veterans, service members and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love, and provides homeless pets a second chance at life. Homeless pets like Barley.

“Barley's my favorite adoptable dog from Stamford Animal Care & Control,” says Renee Dunaway, OPIN’s volunteer in charge of marketing. “He's loyal and loving, but as a large adult, is often overlooked by adopters. My wish is that a veteran will see Barley through the Pets for Patriots program, fall in love, and give him the forever home he deserves.”

Barley is a very polite dog that is looking for a loving home. He is gentle, loyal, good with commands and eager to please. He’s the perfect companion for a service member to adopt – after all, he is a veteran himself.

Barley has spent four years living in a shelter. He’s endured walks with families who ultimately choose younger dogs, getting his hopes up every weekend wondering when his hero will come, overshadowed repeatedly by shelter mates who are more vocal, energetic, or pleading as potential adopters walk by. Having served his “tour of duty,” Barley is now looking to transition to civilian life as a pet friend to a fellow veteran or wounded warrior.

As an adult dog, Barley qualifies for the Pets for Patriots program, which entitles eligible military professionals to receive an ongoing 20% discount for care from High Ridge Animal Hospital and direct financial support towards the purchase of pet food and other basics. To meet Barley, contact Renee today at (203) 918-5864 or

“Our goal is to accelerate the adoption of harder-to-place pets into loving military homes, and to make it easier financially for our nation’s heroes to afford to have a pet in their lives,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We’re delighted to have such outstanding partners as High Ridge and OPIN, both of whom are committed to enhancing the quality of life for our veterans and their pets.”

Individuals are eligible from any United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Eligible adoptions include a dog or cat, at least two years old, dogs over 40 pounds regardless of age, and special needs pets. Joining Pets for Patriots is free.

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 work with OPIN for assistance in choosing their new best friend and visit High Ridge Animal Hospital for ongoing quality 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 for more information.

About Outreach to Pets in Need (OPIN)
OPIN is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the population of homeless pets in Connecticut through medical treatment, training, public education, and placement programs. OPIN supports pets at Stamford Animal Care & Control and beyond, and provides temporary foster homes for pets of domestic violence victims and homeless pets. As well, they are a member of Pets for Patriots, an organization who helps military members honorably adopt adult shelter pets. For more information, please visit
Pets for Patriots, Inc.
Beth Zimmerman