Three’s family with three-legged dog

Astrid's adoption

Astrid is a three-legged special needs dog honorably adopted by two Air Force service members, Kristina and Johnathon. Her story illustrates why Pets for Patriots is so committed to the adoption of last-chance pets by military families. Our thanks to Kristina for sharing their story with us. I met my husband through the Air Force. We are both enlisted currently stationed at Langley. We fell in love instantly and just work well together. I recently lost my grandmother who was like a mother to me. I was heartbroken. Not long after I had to have surgery on my ankle, resulting in three screws … [Read more...]

Military suicide: one death is too many

Depressed soldier

The U.S. military recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month to boost awareness of warning signs and knowledge of how to help those in crisis. One service member commits suicide every two days and one attempts suicide every two hours. On average, 18 veterans per day take their own lives. Nearly one thousand former soldiers receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt suicide every month. 2 Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans and the second leading cause of death in the military.  The statistics are shocking, but research shows that public … [Read more...]

Dogs help spouse survive military life

Buddy

This is written by Kristen Lee Qunell, proud military spouse and Pets for Patriots volunteer. Recipe for a military spouse: 1 1/2 cups patience 1 lb. adaptability 3/4 cup tolerance 1 tsp. courage Dash of adventure Combine the above ingredients. Add 2 tablespoons of elbow grease. Marinate frequently with salty tears. Pour off excess fat. Sprinkle lightly with money. Season the mixture with international spices. "Knead" the dough until payday. Bake 20 years, or until done. ***** I came across this recipe recently while browsing around online and found it quite clever. After I thought … [Read more...]

Luke and Astro looking for love

Best friends forever

Luke and Astro are two shelter dogs hoping to find a love connection with a military veteran. While they long for their forever home, they're being cared for by Quincy Animal Shelter, just south of Boston, and are eligible for an ongoing 20% discount off veterinary care if adopted by a member of our charitable program.   Luke is a young Boxer/Pit Bull mix who loves to play fetch and lead an active lifestyle. If you like to go jogging or take long walks - or even really long walks! - he just might be the perfect companion for you. He would do well in a household with kids over 16 years … [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 the … [Read more...]

Big changes at Pets for Patriots

Wet Nose Blog

I realize that you haven't heard from me in a while, and are probably wondering about all the great things that are happening at Pets for Patriots. Well, that's about to change. Starting next week, you'll receive a weekly e-newsletter with program updates and real-life stories of pets and veterans whose lives are transformed through our honorable pet adoption program. Til then, a quick update: OUR VERY FIRST PARTY!In late May, we held our inaugural Be A Pet's Hero fundraiser in Washington, DC. The event was a great success, thanks in large part to the tremendous work of an all-volunteer, … [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...]

Twice surrendered by military family, Peyton needs a home

Peyton

  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...]

Love at first cuddle

adele

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...]

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

davey

  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...]