In 2015, Lynne Mall, volunteer at Living Free, dedicated herself to creating a partnership with the national organization Pets for Patriots. The partnership allows Living Free Animal Sanctuary to participate in the efforts and unique benefits of creating new families of veterans and the animals who need them.
Beth Zimmerman, a New York business consultant, has always been an animal lover. And she’s always had an abiding respect for the military “in my soul.” In 2010, she decided to found a new nonprofit organization that combines both in a unique way.
In the words of Pets for Patriots: Our mission is to give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and veteran through companion animal adoption.
The animals that meet their unique criteria for adoption are older – at least two years of age or with special needs, are often overshadowed by puppies and kittens up for adoption. According to Beth, older animals provide more stability and a calming presence, making good companions for those who may have been traumatized by battle.
Pets for Patriots and their partners create unique opportunities for members of the military community to save a life by honorably adopting homeless adult dogs and cats. To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, we partner with veterinarians to deliver a minimum 10% discount for the life of the adopted pet’s care.
Pets for Patriots provides access to additional cost reductions for pet basics, such as food, toys and essential supplies. We’re determined to make the joys of adult pet ownership achievable and affordable for the men and women of the U.S. military.
Our goal is to make the benefits of shelter pet adoption a reality for military personnel, ensuring many years of friendship, companionship and joy with their honorably adopted dog or cat.
Pets for Patriots further educates the military community and the public about the plight of animals surrendered to shelters, and highlight the many benefits of adopting hard-to-place shelter dogs and cats, as well as reducing the overall costs of pet parenthood to limit the number of adopted animals returned to shelters.
Visit our website at living-free.org and choose the category of cats or dogs, and look for a pet with the emblem.
The website blog at petsforpatriots.org has wonderful stories of how these pet adoptions enrich the lives of veterans and the animals.
Please share this story and the link to Living Free so that we might find more homes for pets in need and enrich thf cats or dogs. Pets that meet the criteria for the benefits of Pets for Patriots will have their emblem on the photo.e life of a veteran with the help of Pets for Patriots.