November 10, 2016, Reisterstown, MD – On this Veteran’s Day, Baltimore Humane Society wants all military families to take advantage of their Pets for Patriots program. Free adoption and discounted veterinary care is available to all veterans, as well as active and reserve, through this special adoption program.
Pets for Patriots provides the emotional and physical benefits of companion pets to help ease the lives of service members while at the same time helps to end animal homelessness. Wendy Goldband, Director of Marketing & Public Relations of Baltimore Humane Society, says, “We are so proud to offer this program. What a great feeling to know that we are serving two often overlooked populations needing support when establishing new lives.”
Baltimore Humane Society partnered with Pets for Patriots, a national non-profit organization, three years ago. Its mission is to ease the stress of military transitions following deployment return, active to inactive duty, and retirement by the adoption of adult (age 2+) or special needs shelter pets and large dogs. Working with PFP, Baltimore Humane Society provides the most overlooked homeless dogs and cats a second chance at a happy life while giving local veterans, active duty military, and their families the gift of unconditional friendship and love. The end goal — transform and enrich the lives of our service men and women while at the same time saving at-risk shelter pets and helping end animal homelessness in the U.S.
Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots website and provide proof of their military service or honorable discharge. Approval typically takes one to two business days, after which they can visit Baltimore Humane Society for assistance in choosing their new best friend.
In addition to the adoption fee being waived, the pets come fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. Adopters also receive a $150 gift card to help with food and other essentials, and discounted veterinary care for the life of the adopted pet at participating veterinary practices. The program is ongoing throughout the year.
“We believe in supporting our military, and realize that many of them, especially vets can benefit from pet companionship. When we learned of Pets for Patriots mission to connect hard to place shelter dogs with members of the military, we were thrilled to find an organization that recognizes the plight of both populations and the symbiotic way they are able to help each other,” says Goldband, “At the same time we are giving wonderful homes to our dogs and cats. Everybody wins.”