Reporting for duty: how companion pets help military veterans

Dog at soldiers feet

Companion pets help people, military veterans included, in various ways and through many life stages. Among well-established physical benefits are lower cholesterol, blood pressure and triglyceride levels, while emotional impacts include fewer feelings of loneliness and depression. While not every circumstance is unique to military service, there are distinct junctures in a veteran's life when a companion pet might be just what the doctor ordered: Transitioning from service to civilian life Upon separating from service, many veterans feel lost without the structure, discipline and routine … [Read more...]

How to keep pets safe during the winter holidays

Christmas cat

Pets for Patriots urges all pet owners to take precautions to keep their pets safe during the winter holidays. While we're busy ringing in good cheer and the New Year, pets can have access to potentially dangerous food and holiday decor, and can be stressed by changes in their routine, environment or unfamiliar guests who may not know how to interact with your dog or cat. From 'ho ho ho' to 'no no no:' indoor holiday threats Baking chocolate: a single ounce of baking chocolate, also known as baker's chocolate, can be lethal to a small dog or cat. While all chocolate is dangerous to your … [Read more...]

After three deployments Army veteran a first time dog adopter

Marcus and Rocky

After three deployments with the Army, one veteran decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and become a first-time dog adopter. In turn, the dog he rescued from shelter life returned the favor by breathing new life into his blended family of five children and new wife. Marcus joined the United States Army in July 1996 and left active duty in 2001, returning to full-time duty with the National Guard in 2006. His most memorable time in service, however, was a once in a lifetime experience: “Coming home from Kosovo to watch my son be born.” During his more than eleven years of active duty, Marcus … [Read more...]

Navy sailor beats the blues with help of adult dog

Brandon and Maximus

They say if you want a best friend in politics, get a dog. One Navy sailor found the same to be true, with a twist: he saved an adult dog and, in the process, changed both of their lives forever. A dream and a dog Virginia Beach, Virginia is now where Brandon calls home while serving as a proud United States Navy Sailor stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval station. In March, 2011 Brandon set sail from his original hometown of Marion, Ohio to attend basic training at the U. S. Navy Great Lakes Training Command about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, and then … [Read more...]

Retired Navy Yeoman finds honor in pet adoption

L.J. and Melinda (close up)

In 2000 and after twenty years’ service, Melinda retired from the U.S. Navy as a yeoman first class and found another calling: pet adoption. “It was a wonderful 20 years!" Melinda exclaims, "The people, the places, the opportunities – all terrific!” For the love of Navy...and dogs The Navy veteran collected many fond memories during her time in the military. Among her favorites are learning to live on her own away from parents, meeting her husband, living in Australia, working at the Pentagon and establishing new friendships over the years. Especially dear to Melinda’s heart was her … [Read more...]

Happy #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday banner image

New to #GivingTuesday? Don't worry; so are we!  #GivingTuesday is an innovative initiative to inspire a national day of charitable giving. This year, #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 3 and it's not too late for you to get involved. Pets for Patriots provides a unique opportunity for givers because we combine two things people cherish most: our military veterans and shelter pets. On this #GivingTuesday we invite you to give back to those who have given so much to us and, in so doing, save the life of an animal in need. You can learn more about #GivingTuesday by reading their FAQs … [Read more...]