Pets are good for the soul. We all know that. They can help reduce stress, give you a shoulder to lean on, and never interrupt you when you are sharing a story.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of getting to know Beth Zimmerman, founder of Pets For Patriots. She envisioned Pets for Patriots as a way to unite two important needs: helping veterans enjoy the joys of pet ownership and helping harder to place pets find loving homes.
Pets for Patriots helps unite service members and veterans with adult shelter pets in need of homes. Member shelters assist with placement of pets, and member veterinarians offer a discount on medical services for the life of the pets. It’s a win for the family and a win for the pet!
How you can help:
Well, there are lots of ways to help, but the main one I’d like to ask your help with today is increasing awareness of Pets for Patriots among the veterinary community.
When a new patriot signs up for the program, which is open nationwide, the Pets for Patriots organization needs to find a veterinarian in their area ready to participate. As a new organization, that network is still under construction.
I know many of you have veterinarians you’ve worked with for years and have a good relationship with. Let them know about the program, would ya? The website is www.petsforpatriots.org and veterinarians can apply online. It’s easy, fast, and a great way for our profession to give back to those who do so much for the country.