Veteran’s dying wish fulfilled: a home for Gizmo

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  By now you probably know the twists and turns of Gizmo, the little Shih Tzu dog pictured above, left homeless when his only family - an elderly, dying Korean War veteran -  asked us to fulfill his dying wish. In spite of a tremendous and frantic effort to find the dog a new home while his current caretaker was still alive, the veteran died without knowing where his beloved companion would end up. Many people contacted us and applied to our shelter partner, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, to give Gizmo a new leash on life. Each had their own stories, and reasons why they would be the … [Read more...]

Dying veteran seeks home for beloved dog

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It's with a heavy heart that I write this post. An elderly veteran in hospice care near San Diego, California wants to ensure his beloved dog Gizmo has a new home. The gentleman has about a month to live and make arrangements for Gizmo, his only remaining family. I was contacted by the veteran's hospice social worker to help find that special individual or family who will honor this hero's wishes and give Gizmo a wonderful life. Gizmo is a seven year-old male Shih Tzu with an incredibly sweet and gentle temperament. While he now lives harmoniously with a cat, it's unknown if he likes all … [Read more...]

Adopt Ty: smarts and spunk!

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From time to time, we focus on special pets in the care of our adoption partners that need a little extra help finding their forever homes. Ty is one such pet: a beautiful, intelligent, loving and well-trained dog whose need for activity is outgrowing his New York City foster home. Ty needs an individual or family that has access to the outdoors and wants a great activity partner. Check out Ty's video and learn more about this wonderful animal, who is Pets for Patriots eligible and avilable through our partner, OPIN in Stamford, Connecticut. … [Read more...]

Twice surrendered by military family, Peyton needs a home

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  Every day we get heartbreaking pleas for help. As a small charity we can't help everyone, but we try where we can. Last night we got a call from the Rescue Coordinator at the Austin Animal Center in Texas. While not one of our shelter partners, they shared the tale of Peyton, a loyal, energetic dog who was twice surrendered by his military family. Because he's a dobie/lab mix, about 65 pounds and six years old, none of the Center's usual rescue partners will take him. Peyton needs our help. Austin Animal Center is an open-intake facility, which means that they must take all … [Read more...]

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...]