Prisoner pens birthday letter to WWII veteran

Charles Phaneuf crew

It's not every day that a prisoner writes you a happy birthday letter, but that's what happened to one WWII veteran. Of the many birthday letters and cards we received  in celebration of our favorite WWII B-17 belly gunner's 92nd birthday was a set of three cards, each with many signatures. Included in one of the envelopes was a hand-written note on looseleaf paper from a man representing the group, explaining what these cards were all about. We were so touched by this note and the sentiment behind the cards that we're reprinting the prisoner's note in full, though leaving out his last … [Read more...]

Partner aims to raise $250k for charity

(Long Island, NY) April 24, 2012 -- Pets for Patriots announced a partnership with Flooring America to raise more than $250,000 to support the charity's work giving last-chance shelter pets a second chance at life with service and veteran members of the United States military. Flooring America is the leading provider of floor covering across North America with more than 550 independent retailers. "We feel very fortunate to have entered into this partnership to help a cause near and dear to our hearts - pets and patriots," says Frank Chiera, vice president of marketing at Flooring America. … [Read more...]

Navy family sails high with rescued dog at helm

Macy and Tyler

Deployment can be tough on Navy and other military families, but a companion pet can make for smoother sailing. This is the experience of one Pets for Patriots adopter who decided to adopt a shelter dog to give his wife comfort when he deploys out to sea. Tyler is a 23 year-old active duty member of the United States Navy. He joined the service six years ago and has been stationed in San Diego on the USS Peleliu LHA-5, an amphibious assault ship. He served three deployments, one humanitarian mission and two West Pacific missions, earning a Navy Achievement Medal during his second … [Read more...]

Marine adopts adult dog to start his family

Wesley and Sass doing homework

An adult dog reminds one Marine of his boyhood, and a family tradition is reborn with the help of Pets for Patriots. “I always had a dog growing up,” says Wesley, a Marine Reservist living in upstate New York. “When I returned home from deployment and got married, I decided it was time to restart that tradition.” He and his wife, Paige, hope to have kids one day. Wesley believes it’s important for his children to have the same experience that he had growing up by having pets around the house.  Wesley served six years with the U.S. Marine Corps. Stationed in Syracuse, New York, he was … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots reaches 100 adoptions

Pets for Patriots, a nationwide charity connecting veterans with last-chance shelter pets, has reached a major milestone: its 100th honorable adoption. The occasion was marked with one of the organization's more dramatic stories: a dog with hours to live was rescued and ultimately united with a widowed veteran who needed a new best friend. The milestone adoption tale started on March 22, when the charity's founder received an early evening phone call about a death row dog in Texas. The animal had been surrendered by a soldier who believed it would be adopted quickly, but was unaware that as a … [Read more...]

11 signs of animal cruelty and how you can help

starving dog

Animal cruelty is not only abhorrent in its own right, but is often tied to other offenses, including violence against adults and children.  Black’ s Law Dictionary defines cruelty to animals as: “The infliction of physical pain, suffering, or death upon an animal, when not necessary for purposes of training or discipline or (in the case of death) to procure food or to release the animal from incurable suffering, but done wantonly, for mere sport, for the indulgence of a cruel and vindictive temper, or with reckless indifference to its pain.”  Save animals from needless suffering by learning … [Read more...]

Teen gives all for veterans and pets

Shelter drive

One San Diego teen is taking the idea of service to heart by making life better veterans, military personnel and homeless pets in her community.  Gabi Mark joined Pets for Patriots as a youth volunteer and has since touched countless lives by reaching out to veterans and shelter animals across San Diego County. After joining our cause in the fall, Gabi has accomplished three major projects towards her goal of devoting 100 hours to charity this year. A junior at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, leader of her local Girls' League service organization and member of the girls' basketball team, … [Read more...]