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Pets for Patriots
The Washington Animal Rescue League has announced a partnership with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects last-chance shelter pets with our country’s loyal service men and women, to increase the adoption of adult and other at-risk homeless pets by veteran and service members of the United States military.
In spite of the demonstrated emotional and physical benefits of companion pets, more dogs and cats are killed each year than the populations of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont combined. Working with Pets for Patriots, the Washington Animal Rescue League gives local veterans, service members and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love while providing millions of dogs and cats a second chance at life.
“We’re honored to be partnering with Pets for Patriots,” said Bob Ramin, Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Animal Rescue League. “Pets for Patriots combines two outstanding initiatives: assisting the members of the military and saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats. On this Memorial Day Weekend, we’re proud to celebrate our partnership with Pets for Patriots.”
Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Eligible pets must meet one of three criteria: dog or cat two years or older, dog over 40 pounds regardless of age, or a special needs dog or cat.
Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for the Washington Animal Rescue League’s adoption fee, which has been reduced by 50% to members of Pets for Patriots. To reduce the chance that these pets are surrendered, the charity sends a $150 gift card upon proof of eligible adoption to help with food and other essentials, and provides access to local veterinary partners who agree to offer ongoing discounted care.
“Our goal is to help our adoption partners re-home harder-to-place pets that still have years of love and life to give while at the same time making it more affordable for military personnel to bring a pet into their lives,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We’re delighted to work with the Washington Animal Rescue League to give these last-chance pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans in the community. Everybody wins.”
The Washington Animal Rescue League quickly saw the potential to find hard-to-adopt dogs and cats permanent homes with service members. “We are able to place about 1,800 pets each year,” says Bob Ramin. “Through our partnership with Pets for Patriots, we hope to provide forever homes to even more loving animals with the many service members and veterans in our area.”
Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service or honorable discharge. Approval typically takes one to two business days, after which they can visit the Washington Animal Rescue League for assistance in choosing their new best friend.