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  • Understanding the “special” in special needs pets

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 04:11 AM


    Special needs pets are among the most challenging for shelters and rescue groups to adopt out, and many never find a loving home.Yet yourperfect companion might just have herown pair of wheels to get around, orrely on visual commandsinstead of verbal ones.

    Three legs, one eye and limitless love

    In a survey conducted by Petfinder, it was found that these dogs and cats often wait four times longer than average to be adopted a long time spent without a family, security and unconditional love,...

  • Dark memories haunt, and bind, Vietnam veteran and adopted dog

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 08:53 AM


    As anArmyveteran of the Vietnam War who had worked tirelessly his entire life, Jerome found himself struggling to stay busy during retirement. Work was his only antidote forkeeping the dark memories of war at bay and, with his wife Suzanne still working, he became accustomed to spending most of his days alone with her dog Lexi.

    Yet Jerome wanted to a companion of his own a loyal friend he could adopt and call my dog.

    Fixing helos in Nam

    After studying auto mechanics and engine repair at...

  • A pen and a pup: Korean War Navy veteran cures the blues

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 06:42 AM


    With the stroke of a pen and the love of one very special pup, anelderly Korean War veteran beat the blues that dogged him after the end of a three-decades long marriage.

    A self-described writer, poet, librettist of truth and beauty, Ross served in the Navy during the Korean War andfound a four-legged sweetheart to lift him from despair after he and his wife of 35 years divorced. Following nearly 14 years ofmilitary service, the formerNaval officer worked across the East Coast and now calls...

  • Adopted dog brings Navy couple closer together

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday September 9th, 2014 at 08:48 AM


    Before being adopted, Kay was an adult dog like too many others, sitting in a shelter with few prospects of a forever home until a Navy couple made her family.In return, she has brought the pair even closer together, and provides welcome comfort during deployments a staple of military life.This is their story as told by Robert, active duty United States Navy.

    Our thanks to the Virginia Beach SPCA, whose partnership made this story possible.

    Born to serve

    I am currently on active duty in the...

  • Post-9/11 Army veteran adds “awesome” shelter dog to his pack

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 at 07:35 AM


    Jason served in the shadows of 9/11, joining the Army and, after service, saving the life of an awesome little shelter dog named Cocoa.

    In the early days of August 2001, Jason made the life-altering decision to enlist into theUnited States Army. He worked in Washington, DC while awaiting his entry date and, on September 11, 2001, could seeand smellsmoke that he later learned was the Pentagon catastrophe only two miles away. As the national tragedy wore on, Jason found out that some of his...

  • Why you should adopt your next pet

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday August 26th, 2014 at 06:16 AM


    Whether to adopt or shop for your next pet should be an easy decision. Companion pet adoption is not only far more humane and ethical,it saves lives.

    Deciding if youre ready for a pet, or another one

    First and foremost, bringing a pet into your family is a seriousdecision. You must be willing and able to provide shelter, food, medical care and, above all, love. What you get in return is beyond measure. At minimum, ask yourself these questions:

    Who else is part of my household?Its important...
  • WWII hero won over by special needs cat

    from Pets for Patriots

    Tuesday August 19th, 2014 at 05:54 AM


    AWWII herocoping with loneliness after the death of his wife of 64 years was chosen, and ultimately won over, by a very special, special needs cat.

    No guts, no glory

    It was 1944 and Roy headed off to school like he did every day. Little did he know this would be no ordinary day, one thatwould shape the rest of his life. As the teensettled into class, men in military uniforms entered the room and asked if anyone wanted to enlist in the Army before being required to register for the draft upon...

  • Send in the Marines: Pets for Patriots celebrates 600th honorable adoption

    from Pets for Patriots

    Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at 11:34 AM


    Someone decided to send in the Marines and the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to make possible our 600th honorable adoption of a United States military veteran and a last-chance shelter pet.

    Although weserve men and women from allUnited States armed forces and at any stage of their careers, it was an active duty Marine who had the distinction of becoming the 600th pairing of pet and person since Pets for Patriots launchedin 2010.

    The few, the proud

    Andrew knewearly in lifethat he was...

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