Pictured are two of the military members who have adopted a needy pet. Pets for Patriots aims to place at-risk animals with military service people.
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HALO Animal Rescue joins Pets for Patriots
Staff Report~ 5/28/2014
PHOENIX – HALO Animal Rescue has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that connects rescued shelter pets with service men and women, to increase the adoption of at-risk homeless pets by members of the United States military.
HALO Animal Rescue saw the potential to place harder-to-adopt dogs and cats into loving, permanent homes with service members, while giving local veterans, service members, and their families the gift of a pet’s unconditional friendship and love.
“HALO adopted out over 7,000 pets into new homes last year,” says Leigh Carter, director of development for HALO Animal Rescue. “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 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 HALO Animal Rescue’s adoption fee.
Pets for Patriots 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 HALO Animal Rescue to give homeless pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans in the community. Everybody wins.”
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 HALO Animal Rescue for assistance in choosing their new best friend.
HALO Animal Rescue, located in Phoenix, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for homeless dogs and cats throughout Maricopa County. For more information, visit www.halorescue.org.
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps military members adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy, and companionship to both pet and person. Visit www.petsforpatriots.org for more information.