One dollar instant art benefits military charities

One dollar instant art

One dollar is all it takes to change a life. Support a military family. Benefit a military charity. Make a house a home. Just one dollar.  Recently we received a proposal from an innovative young woman who features an interview with a military wife each week on her blog. Through this experience, she learned that most of these women and their families survive on one income from the military. Their husbands' salaries don't come with a budget for "art" - or anything remotely close. They struggle to afford the basics and are left with little or nothing left over for extras. Beauty simply isn't in … [Read more...]

Marine veteran saves four-legged life at home

Fernando and Ellie

 After three tours of duty, a Marine Corps veteran saves a four-legged life when he adds a last-chance dog to his military family. Our thanks to Fernando for sharing their story with us. My name is Fernando and my family and I live in Southern California on Camp Pendleton. I am active duty in the Marine Corps. My wife and I have two little girls ages two and four who love animals. I figured it was the perfect time to add a member to our family since I am not deploying and will be home for the next two to three years. So what a better time then now. I joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and have … [Read more...]

Almost homeless WWII veteran needs help

Harold Utsler

Harold Utsler is a WWII veteran on the verge of being homeless after being stranded by his family at a Texas airport. A deservedly proud man, at 90 years old Harold is asking for help. When Pets for Patriots first posted news of Harold's predicament in early August, many people expressed astonishment that an elderly veteran would be facing homelessness. The Veterans' Administration estimates that on any given night, 107,000 veterans are homeless and another 1.5 million are at risk due to a variety of factors, such as lack of support networks, poverty or poor living conditions. Inevitably, … [Read more...]

About military working dog adoptions

MWD in Iraq

Our recent post about Rocky, a retired, disabled military working dog who was saved by our appeal, exposed a lot of misconceptions about the fate of military working dogs once they're retired from service. Most of these animals are eligible for adoption and are placed into appropriate and loving homes. Until recently, it was legal and common practice to abandon or put down military working dogs, known as MWDs, at the end of their useful service. Historically viewed as "surplus equipment," they weren't seen as having value beyond the military purpose for which they were trained. That mindset … [Read more...]

Retired disabled military dog Rocky dies if not adopted; UPDATE: Rocky is saved!

Give now to help others last chance pets like Rocky

                    Pets for Patriots is a small charity, but we were able to mobilize 42,393 people* to save Rocky, a three-tour Iraq war canine veteran (*as of 8:15pm ET 8/18/11). Your donations are needed to save more pets like Rocky: dogs and cats who will never become an overnight internet sensation or have major news media vying to tell their tale. These "last chance" pets - adult and other at-risk shelter dogs and cats - face near-certain death if not adopted. We connect them to veterans and service members who need a new pet … [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...]

Boston radio personality interviews Quincy Animal Shelter

callie crossley

We couldn't be more thrilled to have Quincy Animal Shelter and Quarry Hills Animal Hospital as our first shelter and veterinary partners, respectively, in the great state of Massachusetts. A big 'thank you' to Dorothy Pickrell; she's a 26-year veteran of the Massachusetts Army National Guard who was inspired to bring our program to the Quincy Animal Shelter, where she has works as a volunteer. Equally deserving of our thanks is Lynda Southerland, the shelter's volunteer fundraising coordinator, who worked with her board to get the program approved and launched. In this interview with … [Read more...]

Letter to our friends

It's been a great first year at Pets for Patriots! Read my year-end letter to our friends, supporters and partners... … [Read more...]

Remembering WWII

ww2

Charles and his main squeeze after our video shoot Yesterday we held an all-day video shoot starring Charles, our family member, volunteer and WWII veteran. Even though he's shared some of his war memories before, it's entirely different to capture them on film. Maybe it's because we know that his incredible stories, til now shared with only a select few, will be heard by countless others. Maybe it's because recording them somehow makes them real for us, for those that didn't live through that war. … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots launches new program with the U.S. Army

The following is an email update sent to our email list subscribers yesterday. Sign up if you're not already so that you can get the latest and greatest delivered to your inbox! *** I'm a little overdue updating you on all the happenings here at Pets for Patriots, so without further ado - here goes! New program with the U.S. Army Recently I met with the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program team at Fort Carson, Colorado. These folks provide intensive therapy and assistance to seriously wounded soldiers and help them acclimate to life after active duty. Since that meeting, we're now a member … [Read more...]