BRING TWO LIVES
TOGETHER. BE A PET’S HERO.™
Table of Contents About us
Commitment to our Patriots
Benefits for our adoption partners
Benefits for our veterinary partners
Board of Directors
About us Pets for Patriots is a not-for-profit
partner with veterinarians for ongoing
organization connecting last-chance
discounted pet care and provide gift
shelter pets with service and veteran
cards towards the purchase of pet food
members of the United States military.
and other basics. Pets for Patriots makes
We create these connections in
the benefits of shelter pet adoption a
partnership with shelters, rescues, SPCAs
reality for military personnel at any stage
and humane societies that share our
or station in life, ensuring many years
vision to end animal homelessness and
of companionship and love with their
cruelty. To help make a pet friend an
honorably adopted adopted dog or cat.
affordable reality for our veterans, we
FAQ Q: Who is eligible to honorably adopt a pet?â€¨ A: Men and women at all stages of their military careers: active, reserve, inactive reserve, National Guard, veteran and retired from all armed forces, including the Coast Guard.
dogs and cats are placed into shelters
Our Mission Our mission at Pets for Patriots is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person through companion pet adoption. We exist to transform the lives of veterans, service members and their families by helping them find, save and care for a last-chance dog or cat. With the emotional and physical wellbeing that a pet provides, we offer a humane way of easing the stresses of military life, including return from deployment, separation from service, retirement and coping with war wounds â€” seen and unseen.
FAQ Q. How does Pets for Patriots help military members?â€¨
A. Member Patriots are eligible to receive a minimum, ongoing 10% discount on veterinary fees for their honorably adopted pet. In addition, we send a gift card to help with pet food, supplies and other basics, which is renewable annually.
pets reduce stress and
improve the health of
Our Vision Our vision is to end animal homelessness by supporting the permanent placement of at-risk dogs and cats with every available, able and willing military family in the United States.
dogs face the highest
risk of dying
FAQ Q: What is an eligible adoption?â€¨ A: An eligible adoption is one that is made through one of our member shelters, rescues, humane societies or SPCAs. A pet must meet one of three criteria: adult dog or cat (two years or older), a large dog regardless of age (40+ pounds) or a special needs dog or cat. Puppies and kittens, cute as they are, arenâ€™t eligible.
Commitment To Our Patriots We’re proud to make the joys of pet
come from all armed forces and walks
ownership achievable and affordable to
of life, from active duty members in their
members of our military community. As
20s to our most senior member Patriot:
one of the only organizations committed
a 90 year-old WWII veteran. Some want
to both veterans at any stage of their
to adopt a last-chance pet to ease the
careers and at-risk shelter animals, we
stresses associated with their service,
have the power to bring positive change
while others simply want a four-legged
to lives every day. Our member Patriots
FAQ Q. Why are puppies and kittens not included in your program?
A. While we advocate for the adoption of all shelter animals, our not-for-profit is focused on helping those harder-to-place pets — adult dogs and cats, large dogs and special needs animals —because they’re most often overlooked and face the greatest risk of death, but still have plenty of love and life to give. Most shelters have ample demand for puppies and kittens.
with a dog
Benefits For Our Adoption Partners Our network of tax-exempt shelters, SPCAs, humane societies and rescues is the primary destination for our member Patriots to adopt an at-risk shelter dog or cat. Our adoption partners benefit from our program in many ways: Increased adoption of adult and other at-risk dogs and cats Reduction in pet ‘recycling’; we help ease the costs associated with pet ownership through ongoing, discounted veterinary care and contributions towards pet food and other basics Community recognition for aligning with a cause that supports both hard-to-place animals and our troops A process that is free and easy to administer
a dog entering a shelter
has a one in six
FAQ Q. Why is pet adoption beneficial to service members returning from deployment?
A. Post-deployment transitions are challenging for many veterans, especially those with service-related physical or emotional wounds,
of being reclaimed
including: amputation, Post Traumatic Stress
by its owner;
depression. The innate theraputic qualities of
Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and an everyday shelter pet can help make the transition from battlefront to home front easier for veterans and their families.
one in 50
Benefits For Our Veterinary Partners Our member Patriots can leverage a network of veterinarians, veterinary clinics, and hospitals for wellness, medical and urgent care for their new best friends. And veterinary partners benefit from joining our cause in several ways: The ability to preserve profitability and good practice economics while doing good Community recognition for aligning with a cause that supports both hard-to-place animals and our troops The competitive advantage of aligning with a great, positive cause New customers — both Pets for Patriots adopters and others are attracted to a practice that cares for the people and pets in their community Opportunities to cross-market with other local Pets for Patriots partners
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Q. How is pet adoption mentally and
take their lives
A. Saving a life is a heroic act, whether at war
or at home. Many veterans tell us that they
every eight seconds
relate to the pets they adopt and to the idea of rescuing a last-chance pet. Studies have shown that companion pets are associated with reduced stress and depression, fewer symptoms of psychological or physical illness, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and
or cat is put to death.
increased physical activity.
pet adoption saves two lives.
Giving Give Our work is made possible by the generosity of people that are inspired by our mission. Corporate donations enhance our ability to fund, manage and scale our operations. Individuals or groups can adopt a Patriot for $150, which helps one veteran feed an honorably adopted pet for a year. Our Adopt-a-Shelter program is ideal for schools or other organizations; each $50 donation purchases a set of Kennel Tags for an adoption partner, raising the visibility and adoption potential of hard-toplace pets in their care. Large or small, every gift and every dollar counts.
Adopt Regardless of the reason they are placed into shelters, the overwhelming majority of homeless dogs and cats are suitable for adoption and ready for a second chance at a life. Our program is life-saving for these pets, and transforming for the service members and veterans who adopt them.
Volunteer Our volunteer program is open to adults and youth with a variety of skills, interests and availability. We accept applicants who are at least 12 years old and have the permission of their parent or legal guardian, and we encourage senior citizens and military veterans to join our volunteer corps as well.
more dogs and cats
are killed each year than all the people
living in alask a, delaware
montana, north dakota
FAQ Q. What types of adoption partners are eligible to join the Pets for Patriots program?
A. We only work with not-for-profit shelters, SPCAs, humane societies and rescues, as well as tax-exempt municipal shelters and animal controls. Veterinary clinics that fulfill adoptions in a not-for-profit capacity may be eligible and should contact us to describe their adoption program. For-profit shelters, breeders and pet retailers are ineligible.
Board Of Directors Beth Zimmerman - Founder, Executive Director
Jim Nash - Director
and Chief Executive Officer
Jim is a professional veterinary hospital
Beth was raised as both an animal lover and
administrator, managing practices in
Patriot. It was during her childhood, when her
Colorado and Florida. During his brief tenure
family rescued dogs from local shelters, that
at Community Pet Hospital in Denver, Jim
she first experienced the transformative love
grew the business to include multiple facilities
of a companion pet. Her parents instilled a
and 24-hour emergency pet care and
profound recognition of the sacrifices made
earned the prestigious American Animal
by our military men and women in all their
Hospital Associationâ€™s (AAHA) accreditation.
children, and ultimately Beth felt called to
Jim is an Army veteran and served as a
make Pets for Patriots a reality. In addition to
Warrant Officer and aviator in Desert Storm.
this driving passion, Beth brings a keen business
Letitia White - Director
sense acquired over more than 25 years of
Letitia is a principal at Innovative Federal
corporate and entrepreneurial experience,
Strategies LLC, through which she represents
including her other current responsibilities as a
a number of defense, high-tech and not-for-
small business owner.
profit organizations before Congress and the
Keith Weaver - Director and Secretary Pro Tem
executive branch. During her more than 21
Keith is a â€™76 United States Naval Academy
years of federal service, she worked in the
graduate and currently serves as Senior
Senate and served as a key staff member
Vice President, Business Development,
in the House of Representatives. In 2004,
Communications and Capture Management,
Letitia was named by The Hill newspaper
for Force Protection Industries. Among his many
as one of the top eight defense lobbyists in
senior leadership roles, both in and out of the
military, Keith served as the Senior Vice President
Kathy Brown - Honorary Director
for Operations and the Chief Operating Officer
Kathy is known for her years of award-
of the United Service Organization (USO).
winning marketing, communications and
Jeff Krantz - Director and Treasurer
public relations campaigns for local, national
Jeff is Chief Executive Officer of Harry Krantz
and international brands. She is owner and
Company, a third-generation, family-
president of Hagan Communications and
owned independent distributor of obsolete
co-president of Karsh\Hagan, both full-
electronic components to military and
service agencies in Denver, Colorado. Kathy
defense customers for more than 70 years.
served on the Board of Pets for Patriots with
Among his various responsibilities at the
distinction from its 2009 inception to October
company and prior to serving as its CEO, Jeff
2011. She continues to provide counsel in her
was Chief Operating Officer and lends his
honorary directorship role.
considerable financial acumen to his current Board involvement.
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Annin & Co.
Halo, Purely for Pets
Innovative Federal Strategies
Bechtel Group Foundation
Community Pet Hospital
Denny Miller Associates
DRS Defense Solutions
Trident Technology Solutions
Fox + Gazelle
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