Shelter Animals Need a Hero
Generations of veterans have devoted their lives to serving our country. Upon their return home, they often seek a new “mission” and so, the Patriotic Paws program was developed as an additional avenue to save animals and to honor those who’ve bravely served our country. By adopting a shelter animal, veterans have an opportunity to save a life and to provide the love and attention that a homeless animal needs to thrive. One of the most rewarding aspects of adopting a shelter animal is the simple fact that you’re saving a life and giving a deserving animal a new home. It feels great to help an animal in need, and after living in a shelter, your new pet will be especially appreciative of the wonderful life you’re going to give him. Many animals end up in shelters because of circumstances beyond their control. They were victims of a death in the family, illness, divorce or a move that didn’t include them. Some were displaced by a new baby. Others had pet parents who didn’t learn how to train them. And there are those who were left at a shelter because of a behavior problem that their pet parents didn’t try to or weren’t able to resolve. But make no mistake—a “second-hand” pet is in no way second-rate. Most shelter pets available for adoption are healthy, affectionate animals.
The Benefits of Owning a Pet
Studies have shown that pets provide health and social benefits which, for some veterans, adds to the appeal of owning a pet.
- An animal can fulfill the ‘need to be needed’
- Pets increase activity level: dog owners who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active. Physical activity promotes over all good health.
- Pets can decrease: blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness.
- Pets help people feel more social and reduce stress and anxiety levels
All qualifying veterans who wish to adopt a dog or cat will receive the following:
- Waived adoption fee, which includes a spay/neuter surgery, microchip, license and vaccinations
- A leash and collar
- A program t-shirt
In addition to the above, disabled veterans will also receive yearly wellness exams which include vaccinations, wormer, and exam fee at the following Veterinary Hospitals for the life of the animal:
- Wyomissing Animal Hospital
- Bernville Veterinary Clinic
- Leesport Animal Hospital
To qualify, the veteran must supply the following information:
- DD214 form
- Military ID
- An approved ARL adoption application.