Open letter to the people of Japan from a U.S. veteran

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This letter is written and shared by Bobby, an Army veteran who honorably adopted her dog Red through Pets for Patriots. When I see the absolute devastation and destruction in Japan, my emotions go to a level that is difficult for me to approach. Seeing the horrors that the people encountered first in the earthquake, and then the tsunami, would put fear in one's mind beyond conceivable reality. For anyone to know or not know that they might have lost a mother, father, wife, child, relative or a friend - and then be confronted with the possibility of a nuclear meltdown - would clearly push a … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots Pet Update: Annie

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Annie looking like quite the snuggler... As you may know, we're experimenting with a new effort to highlight some of the most special pets at our shelter partners that are still in search of their forever homes. Recently we profiled Barley, a beautiful dog who has spent most of his life in a Connecticut shelter in spite of being an all-around great dog. Today we add to the 'can't believe no one adopted this pet yet' list a beautiful senior dog named Annie. She is currently being cared for by the Allen County SPCA in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is in desperate need of a real, forever home. … [Read more...]

Love at first cuddle

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Four-paw salute to Adele and her honorably adopted (and quite adorable!) pooch Crown Royal! This curly-haired bundle is an adult mixed breed that Adele and her family rescued from one of our newest shelter partners, the Arizona Animal Welfare League in Phoenix. It's pictures like this that express what Pets for Patriots is all about: uniting at-risk shelter pets with veterans, to the benefit of both pet and person. Wishing Adele and Crown Royal many happy tails! … [Read more...]

Meet Barley: possible the best dog ever

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  We're going to experiment with ways to highlight some very special pets at shelter partners, pets that for one reason or another just aren't getting adopted - in spite of being truly wonderful animals. Today we focus on Barley, a German Shepherd/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix in Connecticut who is available through our partner Outreach To Pets In Need (OPIN), which works in cooperation with Stamford Animal Care & Control. Maybe you, or someone you know, will be his forever home. … [Read more...]

The first time I saw Red

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This is the first in a series of guest posts from one of our member Patriots, Bobby, a disabled veteran in Florida who brought a big, goofy dog named Red into her life. ***** The first time I saw Red I was still very upset about Pooh. Remember I said I had cried at the shelter. Red was in his pen and I was petting him through the wire. He kept licking my hand and I felt no fear. Red is a big boy, and to some I would  think a little intimidating. The next time I went back to the shelter, while I was petting Red they came to take him for his photo. For some reason Red was terrified. He laid … [Read more...]

Happy ending to Davey’s not-so-excellent adventure

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  It's been nearly two weeks since Davey was adopted and then, without warning, took off into the North Carolina woods near Camp Lejeune. I'm thrilled to report that as of last night, Davey is back home with his new family! … [Read more...]

Lost in North Carolina: find Davey!

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  Last week I was over the moon when one of our member Patriots and his family adopted a four year-old dog who was abused and neglected by his previous owner. Just two short days later, Davey took off into the woods near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. We need to help this family bring Davey home safe and sound immediately. Davey is between 60-70 pounds and was last seen wearing a bright green collar with a six foot red leash. Because of his previous abuse, he does not bark and is averse to strangers, though he is not aggressive and has a gentle nature. Davey has heartworms and … [Read more...]

Petey the pittie needs a new home

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  This just in: a beautiful, 2-1/2 year old pit bull given up by its New York City owners who simply "did not want him anymore." Thankfully, our friend Dan and his wife took in the dog, but because of a pit bull ban in their building they had him vetted and are paying for him to be boarded. A generous, but not long-term solution. Someone out there is deserving of this wonderful animal. Read on to learn about Petey... … [Read more...]

Save Peyton and Bear!

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As you know, we often step in to help people (and pets), even when it's outside of our mission. Today is one of those cases and it's an urgent one. Peyton and Bear are two dogs that were relinquished to the Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC) in Austin, Texas by their owner, who deployed to Iraq with no one to care for the duo. The soldier was not interested in finding a foster family for his pets and, as a result, their time is almost up at TLAC, which is a open-door, kill shelter. The options for these dogs are adoption, rescue or death. If you're interested to adopt, you must contact … [Read more...]

ISO U.S. soldiers from September 2008 Taliban conflict

We received a request from a best-selling author to connect with soldiers engaged in the joint U.S.-Australian-Afghan National Army battle with the Taliban in September 2008 near Ana Kalay in Uruzgan province. If you can help, read on. And if you can't, pass it along - maybe someone you know can. … [Read more...]