Dog of fallen soldier in desperate need of a home

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On this Veterans' Day 2015 we received word that a young hero died after serving our country and now his dog is in desperate need of a home. Rambo's soldier dad adopted him as a pup after returning from deployment. We hear that getting a dog was the first thing on his mind when he came home, and at Pets for Patriots we know the healing power of companion pets for our veterans and military service members. Tragically, three years later Rambo's soldier was killed after returning from combat deployment. Grief stricken, this hero's parents took Rambo in. Not only would their son have … [Read more...]

Pint-sized pup to the rescue of lonely lady sailor

Kelsey USN and Bruce Wayne_cropped

It's often said that good things come in small packages. This proved true for one pint-sized shelter pup who came to the rescue of a lonely Navy sailor looking for some four-legged love. It's a small world after all Kelsey grew up in Kansas and in 2012 enlisted in the Navy. She was stationed aboard the USS Pearl Harbor LSD-52 in San Diego before receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Leaving California meant leaving a close personal connection, as well. "My boyfriend is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego," she … [Read more...]

Rescue dog saves retired airman from “a bad case of lonely”

Charles and Sophie adopted

Ending a multi-decade career can be tough. One veteran airman found that a rescue dog saved him from the loneliness and boredom that plagued him after he retired from the workforce, and helped him honor the memory of a recently departed pet. Airman’s dream career Charles worked hard his entire life. The father of three served in the United States Air Force for more than 30 years before retiring to part-time jobs. Major surgery led to his full retirement, and he currently gets around with the help of a motorized wheelchair.  It was 1969 when Charles enlisted in the Tennessee National … [Read more...]

Special needs pup a lifeline to Navy veteran dogged by depression

Mark and Shadow

Hard knock life for stray pup Shadow is a pup who earns the moniker "special" not only due to her physical challenges, but for how she is able to uplift the Navy veteran who adopted her from the grips of his depression. The Lab mix was not even a year old when she arrived at the Jacksonville Humane Society with serious signs of a hardscrabble life. Shadow had been transferred from another shelter where her tail had to be amputated due to a pre-existing degloving injury. Follow up radiographs revealed that her right hind leg was broken in not one, but two places, requiring additional medical … [Read more...]

Rescued Pit Bull saves combat veteran from “lonely world”

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The world can be a pretty lonely place, especially for a veteran transitioning to civilian life. For one such veteran, a rescued Pit Bull was all he needed to battle loneliness and deal with the stresses of everyday life. Air Force 'cowboy' aims high Jason joined the Air Force, and was stationed in both Oklahoma and Germany with the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) enlisted air crew. A profound sense of duty inspired the die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan to enlist.  "I entered the military because I think all men should serve their country," he says. While deployed overseas Jason … [Read more...]

Navy-Air Force veteran saves life of “angel sent from up above”

Kyle and Cam_square

Proud to serve, by sea or by air Kyle is a veteran of both the Navy and the Air Force. His guiding ethos is to fight for the rights of people and pets who cannot fight for themselves. A recent college graduate and current Air Force Reservist, Kyle is working through a management program with a major, multi-regional supermarket chain. However, it is abundantly clear that service to country is part of this veteran's DNA.  "I entered the military having the desire to give back in some way even if I did not go active," he says. "I feel the need to give something back to America, and still … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots sets record for dog food donations

Buddy DFD 2

Buddy is among many recipients of dog food donations through a record-setting campaign with DOG for DOG, makers of high quality, all natural, made in the USA pet food. The company ran a one-month promotion to benefit Pets for Patriots, and Buddy and his veteran Michael would like to say, "Thank you."  For every purchase, the company donates an equal amount of their dog food to help pets in need. Our promotion with them was such a success that it shattered their one-month sales record through their Amazon store and yielded a whopping 101 bags of donated food. At our request, DOG for … [Read more...]

Chance meeting inspires Navy veteran to save homeless dog

Elizabeth and Roxie kiss

The last thing Elizabeth had on her mind was adding a homeless dog to her household, but a chance meeting between the Navy veteran and a Chihuahua mix with "the saddest eyes" changed everything.  Serving in the wake of 9/11 Elizabeth served for four years in the Navy as a Cryptology Technical Operator (CTO), during which time she was stationed at the Diego Garcia military base in the British Indian Ocean, and with the Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Kunia in Hawaii. The NSGA Kunia was de-established shortly after Elizabeth separated from service, and integrated into what would become … [Read more...]

Vietnam veteran earns his stripes saving shelter dogs

Robert Baxter and Blue_square

The quiet hero A hero is defined as 'a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.' They do not all receive medals or public accolades, but walk among us every day and deserve to have their stories told. Such is the case with Robert, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam and feels his own story is unremarkable. He is not a decorated war hero. The shelter dogs he adopted during the course of his lifetime did not help him with any service-connected disabilities. Yet this Vietnam veteran's love for and commitment to saving the most overlooked animals in need makes him a … [Read more...]

Navy veteran helps dog go from chained to cherished

Leia (Conor) beore rescue

A chained life is no life The plights of chained and tethered dogs are often overlooked because people fail to recognize them as potential cases of animal cruelty. In truth, these practices can lead to severe psychological and physical damage and, in some cases, death. Thanks to the actions of many, including a Navy veteran who joined Pets for Patriots with the intent of adopting a companion, a once-chained dog in Virginia was saved from her cruel existence.  Now a cherished member of the family, the Australian Shepherd mix is learning for the first time what is means to be free and to … [Read more...]