Stigma and superstition plague black pets

black cat

Pity the black dog or black cat waiting when it comes to pet adoption; they have an additional challenge: Black Dog/Black Cat Syndrome. There are many myths, superstitions and stigmas surrounding cats and dogs of the darkest color. For instance, did you know that a black cat crossing your path from right to left is bad luck, but from left to right is said to be good? Were you aware that, according to ancient folklore, the apparitions of black dogs were believed to be the unquiet ghosts of wicked souls? Did you know as well that here and now, in modern times, black dogs and cats are the last … [Read more...]

How pets improve your health

Woman and dog

Companion pets do more than make us smile; they're actually good for our health. From reduced incidence of depression, lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction, a four-legged friend might be the best health plan money can’t buy. At Pets for Patriots, we advocate for the adoption of "last-chance" pets that face near-certain death if not adopted: dogs and cats two years or older, dogs 40+ pounds regardless of age, and special needs pets. Collectively, these are animals that are most often overlooked in shelters, but that have many years of love and life to give. And because most are … [Read more...]

How to adopt a shelter pet

How to adopt a shelter cat

Adopting a pet is a serious decision, especially for military families whose own lives are often in a state of constant change. It's a commitment, and bringing a four-legged family member into your household shouldn't be an impulse decision. Whether you're active duty, recently separated from the military, a retiree or veteran, at Pets for Patriots we encourage you to consider some important pet adoption issues before you ask, "how much is that doggie (or kittie) in the shelter?"  A forever home First and foremost, don't adopt if you aren't prepared to provide a loving home to a pet for … [Read more...]

Military deployment and your pets

soldier and dog

So you received your military deployment orders and don’t know what to do with your dog or cat. At Pets for Patriots, we get calls every week from service members who are distraught at the prospect of parting with their beloved animals. Fortunately there are alternatives to relinquishing your four-legged family member to the local pound.  Friends and family Unmarried, deploying service members often turn to a loved one, parent or friend. But the ties that bind don’t always translate into the best situation for your pet, or the person entrusted with its care. Ask yourself:  -       Is this … [Read more...]

Thousands of feral cats get unexpected treat

Feral cat

Yes, it's been a long time since our last post, and we have lots of catching up to do. But til then, we're proud to announce our role in inspiring a major donation of healthy, nutritious food to help thousands of feral cats in the Washington, DC area. Read all about it! … [Read more...]

Eli the three-footed cat needs a home!

eli

A few days ago I wrote about Eli, a Pennsylvania cat surrendered to his veterinarian for a life-saving foot amputation. As you can see from this newest picture Eli is quite the looker, and is still looking for that special family to call his own. Eli is recovering well. He's a young cat with a full life ahead of him (nine, as rumor has it!). If you or someone you know is interested to give Eli the love he needs and deserves, please contact Dr. Erin Kalo directly at 570-675-3406 (w) or 717-712-8974 (m). At the very least, please share this post! … [Read more...]

Save Eli the cat!

elithecat

Eli the incredibly handsome cat! Occasionally we get requests from the public to help spread the word about a special animal in need. This week we were contacted by a veterinarian in Pennsylvania about Eli, a very special cat whose owner relinquished him to the vet after Eli's right hind leg got caught in a trap. Eli underwent successful amputation surgery and desperately needs a loving, forever home. For now, he's recuperating at the veterinarian's office in Dallas, Pennsylvania (near Scranton and Wilkes-Barre). … [Read more...]

Interview with our founder!

I Love Rescue Animals

Thanks to I Love Rescue Animals for posting a great interview with our founder and executive director (hey, that's me!), and for choosing us as their featured organization for the month of March. We're thrilled! I Love Rescue Animals is the brainchild of two enterprising young women, Ashley and Nikki, and their quest to reduce animal homelessness through spay/neuter advocacy and support for animal shelters. So head on over, put your feet up and read all about us! … [Read more...]

Did you know…

locked up dog

  ...That half of dogs and 70% of cats in shelters are killed, simply because no one adopts them? ...Between 6-8 million dogs and cats are placed into shelters every year in the U.S.? ...Which means that about 4 million pets are killed each year due to lack of adoptive homes? ...And adult dogs face the highest risk of dying in shelters? But... … [Read more...]

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