Retired Navy veteran gives shelter dog “chance to be needed”

John and Hunter

John is a retired Navy veteran who was coping with the "unbearable" loss of his senior dog, Chad, until he and his wife saved a sweet, spirited shelter dog named Hunter. Thanks to our partnership with the Virginia Beach SPCA for making their story possible, as told by John. A true blue military man Though I was fully retired from the Navy in 1995, I continued to work in the same occupational field as when on duty. Even today I work as a civilian employee for the United States Army at Fort Eustis, Newport News Virginia. I was a Navy Corpsman. I spent duty and training in Navy clinics and … [Read more...]

There’s something about Henry: boy creates art to help veterans and pets

Henry and Pearl

Henry is a 12 year-old, 6th grade boy with an inquisitive mind, a flair for art, and a love of cars and dogs. He appears to be an ordinary kid who lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his mother Cindy, father Robert, and four year-old Sheltie, Pearl. But there’s nothing ordinary about Henry. When he was just 10 years old, Henry wrote and illustrated a book, Dogs and Their Rides; What Would Your Dog Drive? It is a 33-page compilation of thoughtful drawings, and musings on different dog breeds and what kind of cars they might enjoy driving – an accomplishment for anyone, let alone a 10 … [Read more...]

Mission accomplished: Army officer gives abandoned dog new leash on life

John and Izzie

It's mission accomplished for an Army Lieutenant Colonel whose compassion and sense of duty led him to give an abandoned dog a second chance at life. Izzie was found in an apartment without food, water or family, and spent nearly four months in the care of our partners at the Washington Humane Society. Despite attending numerous adoption events, no one took an interest in her until an Army officer saw what no one else could see. This is their story. +++ A storied Army career I initially began my military service as a junior in high school by enlisting into the New Hampshire Army National … [Read more...]

How to give at no extra cost to you

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If you're feeling the pinch in your wallet these days, you're not alone. As a charity that depends on the generosity of individuals and businesses who share a passion for our mission, we know that it can be difficult to add charitable giving to an already stressed budget.  Fortunately, there are five ways you can give to Pets for Patriots at no extra cost to you: Add purpose to your purchases with a HaloCard® Visa: we've partnered with the HaloCard® Project help you make effortless donations when you shop for everyday items. Simply apply for the card and an amount equal to 1% of your … [Read more...]

Abandoned dog “greatest cure” for Korean War veteran’s depression

Joseph and Mollie

An abandoned and abused Australian Shepherd mix named Mollie is credited as a "cure" for a Korean War veteran gripped by depression and the sudden loss of another beloved pet. Korea and the "Truman year" Joseph joined the Army in December 1947. After basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was sent to Camp Stoneman in Pittsburg, California, then stationed in U.S.-occupied South Korea between 1948 and 1949. When control of South Korea was turned over to the local government, Joseph was transferred to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Shortly after the Korean War broke out Joseph was sent back … [Read more...]