3 million companion pets each year will not make it out of a shelter alive, roughly equal to the entire population of Iowa.
1 in 5 Iraq/Afghanistan veterans suffer from major depression, increasing their risk of suicide; pets give them a renewed sense of purpose.
87% of our income is dedicated to programs and services that make life better for military veterans and their companion pets
$539,207 distributed through our pet food and hardship programs to help veterans provide for their new best friends
$56,522 directed towards urgent, life-saving, and palliative medical care for veterans' companion pets
01 Featured Story
Carl + Belle
In 2015, Carl trekked 1,200 miles round trip from Florida to Tennessee to adopt a special needs dog with a prosthetic leg. The Air Force veteran was 89 years young at the time, and despite Belle having been leery of men she instantly took to Carl. Since their adoption our hero fund has paid for Belle's prosthetics, including replacements and repairs needed for her to live a full and joyous life.
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02 Featured Story
Craig + Opel
Opel was diagnosed with aggressive melanoma just four years after Craig adopted her. The Bronze Star medal recipient and Iraq war veteran had already spent considerable funds on Opel's cancer surgery, and turned to us for help. Our hero fund is paying for Opel's palliative care while she checks off items on her 'bucket list,' like eating steak, enjoying ice cream, and going to the dog park with her dad.
03 Featured Story
Richard + Cinnamon
Like many veterans, Richard is reluctant to ask for help. So when the elderly Vietnam veteran reached out to us we knew he was in need. Since 2012, Cinnamon has been Richard's constant companion and among his only family. Thanks to donations to our hero fund, Cinnamon received life-extending dental surgery. Richard is grateful to everyone who helped him keep his always-there friend by his side.
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