Trooper Joe: neglected dog searches for his hero

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Trooper Joe was brought to a Virginia shelter as a pup, quickly adopted and not heard from again for five years. At that time he was neglected and disabled, and surrendered to the shelter - but not by the family who had adopted him. Having been provided almost no opportunities for exercise, the now six year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix was in bad shape. His nails were so long that he had to be sedated to have them trimmed, and after multiple veterinary visits and diagnostics it was discovered that Trooper Joe had degenerative hip disease requiring a double hip replacement. Since … [Read more...]

Help us win $20,000 in the Veterans Charity Challenge


We're super excited to let you know that we're part of Veterans Charity Challenge 2, a fundraising campaign launched by craigconnects, founded by Craig Newmark of craigslist.  To give back, craigconnects will be donating over $50,000 to organizations like ours focused on causes that honor America's heroes. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $20,000 donation from craigconnects. Second place gets $10,000, third gets $5,000. We're trying to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win the $20,000 grand prize donation, which would fully fund 80 … [Read more...]

Flooring America sponsors Pets for Patriot mobile

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After Superstorm Sandy destroyed our Pets for Patriots mobile, our national sponsor Flooring America stepped in to save the day. Yesterday our director's SUV went in for a little makeover and we're delighted to announce that our branded Pets for Patriots mobile is back on the road! Flooring America and its more than 550 independently owned stores across the country are joining forces to help raise over $250,000 to help veterans and active duty service members honorably adopt at-risk shelter pets. When they heard we lost our vehicle, they paid for this totally "pawsome" design and covered all … [Read more...]

Be A Pet’s Hero: 2012 Celebration Washington DC

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Join us at our second annual Be A Pet's Hero Celebration in Washington, DC! The event will be held at historic Eastern Market on Wednesday, July 18 6pm-8pm...and pets are welcome! Tickets are $100; $70 of each ticket is tax deductible. To RSVP, please contact Annette Dumont at 202-547-7854 or email Checks may be mailed directly to: Pets for Patriots, 218 E Park Ave Suite 543, Long Beach NY 11561. Download our event flyer and invite here...see you in DC!    … [Read more...]

Stray dog has Marine’s number

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How do a stray dog and an active duty Marine get connected? Rather well, as it turns out. Devin works as a Marine Telephone Systems and PC Intermediate Repairman stationed at Camp Pendleton. He was searching for a companion dog and, as luck would have it, a stray German Shepherd named Ren was looking for a forever home. When their paths crossed at the San Diego Department of Animal Services in late 2011 the search was over for both Marine and dog. Devin and his wife were instantly impressed by the well-mannered, sixty-pound stray.  “From the start, Ren was very laid back and clearly had a … [Read more...]

The true meaning of partnership


Last week we had the opportunity to experience the true meaning of partnership with an act of such generosity that we feel compelled to share it. Edward's not-so-excellent adventure Despite the best efforts of many parties involved, a shelter dog who was trained for service and donated by inmates in a restorative justice program in Missouri turned out to be a less-than-perfect fit for one of our veterans. Edward was a once-homeless dog who, while in the care of the The Animal Shelter of Texas County (TASTC) in Houston, Missouri, entered their Healing Paws program - a collaboration with the … [Read more...]

Prisoner pens birthday letter to WWII veteran

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It's not every day that a prisoner writes you a happy birthday letter, but that's what happened to one WWII veteran. Of the many birthday letters and cards we received  in celebration of our favorite WWII B-17 belly gunner's 92nd birthday was a set of three cards, each with many signatures. Included in one of the envelopes was a hand-written note on looseleaf paper from a man representing the group, explaining what these cards were all about. We were so touched by this note and the sentiment behind the cards that we're reprinting the prisoner's note in full, though leaving out his last … [Read more...]

Shepherd rescue joins Coast Guard veteran’s ‘wild bunch’


For one particular Coast Guard veteran, a quirky, adopted Shepherd dog made his family's 'wild bunch' just a little bit more wild - and joyful.  For the past 23 years, Will has been working as a dispatcher for the Detroit police and fire departments. During his prior Coast Guard service, he was stationed in Hawaii, traveled to Alaska on patrol, attended the Navy Electronics School near Chicago and served on a Lake Erie, Ohio search-and-rescue team. Will always had pets growing up, usually multiple cats and dogs at the same time. One of his memories is about Brownie, a German Shepherd Saint … [Read more...]

Holiday wishes from Pets for Patriots

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On behalf of the entire team at Pets for Patriots, please accept our wishes for a beautiful and blessed holiday. We hope this coming year is animated by joy, love and peace, and that the spirit of the holiday is with you every day of the year. Best,          Beth Zimmerman | Founder and executive director … [Read more...]

What is the difference between a companion pet and a service animal?


At Pets for Patriots, we get calls from service members, veterans and their caregivers requesting our help to secure service dogs, usually for PTSD. But when we ask if the individual would be better served by a well-mannered companion dog or cat, we're always asked, "What's the difference?" We're so glad you asked. First, a little context.  According to the Defense Department, more than 46,000 U.S. military personnel have been wounded in action in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since March, 2003. The incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression … [Read more...]