Rochester veterans pet adoption option

Not-for-profit partners with Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester and Henrietta Animal Hospital to help U.S. veterans honorably adopt and care for companion pets

Rochester, NY (March 16, 2011) – Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects shelter pets with service and veteran members of the United States military, is partnering with Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester to place hard-to-adopt dogs and cats into loving military homes. Henrietta Animal Hospital will offer discounted veterinary care to animals adopted through the Pets for Patriots program.

“We are pleased to partner with Pets for Patriots to bring a special group of pets and people together,” said Alice Calabrese, CAWA, president and CEO of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. “This targeted program will help adoptable animals in our community who may sometimes be overlooked because of their size, age or medical needs. By matching pets in need with veterans, we are able to honor those who have bravely served our country with the proven emotional and physical health benefits of sharing one’s life with a pet.”

Henrietta Animal Hospital will extend an ongoing 10% discount off all veterinary fees for any pet adopted through the Pets for Patriots program. To reduce the costs of purchasing pet food, supplies, toys and other essentials, the charity provides direct financial support to veterans who join its program and honorably adopt eligible pets from Lollypop Farm.

Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers:  active, reserve, retired or veteran, as well as those transitioning to civilian life. Eligible pets must meet one of three criteria: an adult dog or cat (two years and older), dogs over 40 pounds regardless of age, or special needs dogs and cats. Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans.

“We’re delighted to have Lollypop Farm as our adoption partner; their longstanding history in the community and dedication to the humane treatment of animals are legendary,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We encourage all veterans in the greater Rochester community to experience the unique joys of companion pet adoption and the benefits of joining our free program, including high-quality, discounted veterinary care and financial assistance to make pet food, supplies and basics more affordable.”

Those interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service or honorable discharge. Approval typically takes a day or two, after which veterans can visit the adoption specialists at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester for assistance in choosing their new best friend, and Henrietta Animal Hospital for high-quality, reduced cost veterinary care.


About Pets for Patriots

Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person.  Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both adult pets and military members. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign  and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit for more information.



  1. Hi P4P,

    You have such a great partnership there in Rochester, I know it will work out well.

    Thank you all for working together to help find forever homes for adoptable pets that are overlooked.

    The incentives you offer are very enticing and will be a big help in adopting out more pets.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

  2. Danielle McCoy says:

    I have a concern about a veteran and his service dog I seen in Walmart in Brockport. she/ He was so skinny and boned was a collie :( I am sure it didn’t happen over night that he got that skinny and wish I got names bit I didn’t could you please find him her an help I’m heart broken to see a service dog in this condition

  3. Frederick Wilson says:

    I looking for a place where I can get help for my dog and I can’t afford to take her to a Veteran.

  4. Frederick Wilson says:

    I’m looking for a place to take my dog and get her some help and I can’t afford to take her to a veteran ring.

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