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Pets for Patriots brings veterans and shelter animals together


Beth Zimmerman spent years working in architecture and as what she calls a “solopreneur.” However, with a drive to help veterans and service members and a passion for pets, Zimmerman started her nonprofit organization to help bring our nation’s heroes and shelter pets together for companionship.

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Pets for Patriots finds homes for shelter dogs and cats with veterans in Harford County

Baltimore Sun

When Stacey Martin, an Army sergeant, gets home at night, she finds Autumn, her dog, by the door, sitting at attention — except for her tail, which quivers in anticipation. Martin can hardly wait, either. It’s a treasured time for both.

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Pets for Patriots helps connect veterans with an overlooked shelter pet

ABC Channel 6 Knoxville

Young-Williams Animal Center offers waived fee dog and cat adoptions to Knox County veterans through its partnership with Pets for Patriots.

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Pets for Patriots links veterans with pets in need


It's nearly impossible to find something give to those who give up nearly everything for us, but Pets for Patriots is trying by delivering the healing power of animals to service and veteran members of the military.


Leveraging Credit Card Rewards to Make a Positive Impact via Pets for Patriots

Leveraging Credit Card Rewards to Make a Positive Impact via Pets for Patriots

Cashing in credit card rewards to score a big discount on travel or redeem a hot ticket item may feel good, but it can feel even better to use credit card rewards to support a worthy cause. Pets for Patriots fits perfectly into this category.

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6 Benevolent Groups Supporting Veterans

Ezvid Wiki

U.S. veterans often have a difficult time transitioning back to civilian life, facing issues ranging from having a hard time finding a job to PTSD and even homelessness. Fortunately, there are organizations working to help them thrive. The groups listed here, in no particular order, work to improve the lives of veterans.

First up, at #1, we have Pets for Patriots.

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Brooke Storer Motorsports partners with Pets for Patriots

Brooke Storer Motorsports

Brooke Storer Motorsports and Pets for Patriots are proud to partner for the 2021 racing season to help bring an end to animal homelessness in the United States while giving military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet.

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Vietnam veteran finds comfort in newly adopted German Shepherd

NBC 10 News

For the last few weeks, 78-year-old Bill Atwell is up and at 'em early. A few weeks ago, he became the proud parent of 6-year-old "Bear," a German shepherd he recently adopted. The pair go everywhere together and do everything. The story of how the two of them came to be, is an amazing one.

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Pets For Patriots nonprofit links veterans with pets in need

The Denver Channel

Outside his home, Joshua Nola and his dog, Bud, love spending time together on their daily walks. It’s a bond he values deeply. Nola is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who deployed to Afghanistan and when he returned home, felt something was off.


How a Navy Veteran and Abused Pit Bull Saved Each Other

How a Navy veteran and abused Pit Bull saved each other

The Epoch Times

When you adopt a rescue animal, sometimes that animal rescues you. Vincent Veale, a United States Navy veteran, was suffering from clinical depression and post-traumatic stress, and a pit bull in desperate need of a loving home changed his life.

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West County: Navy vet welcomes new companion

Annapolis Capital Gazette

Meet Cookie, a sweet, lovable, poodle mix, and canine companion to retired Navy veteran Matt Gill of Severn. Cookie came to the Gill household through a national program called Pets for Patriots.

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Pets for Patriots wins a Shorty Social Good Award!


Carl was an Air Force veteran looking for a trusted companion, while Belle was a shelter dog with special needs who needed a special home. A STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ video documenting this Pets for Patriots adoption won a Shorty for Social Good Award.

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Pets for Patriots helps veterans adopt pets and shelter animals find loving homes

Fox 2now St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - Studies show every day more than 20 veterans take their own lives and every 8 seconds a cat or dog is put down because they weren't adopted. Now those two at-risk populations are being brought together to form a life-saving relationship by a program called Pets For Patriots.

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Hurricane survivor makes new life with Army vet tech

TLC Tails Magazine

While an Army soldier was headed towards a full recovery from a back injury in Harford County, Maryland in September 2018, several hundreds miles away, a young pup and her human were headed away from the North Carolina coast.

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Veterans Day Special: Making special matches with Pets For Patriots

CBS Austin

Saving two lives at once, this organization pairs overlooked shelter dogs and cats with veterans. Grady Wallace and Adam Marshall are here to tell us about Pets for Patriots, and this sweet pup.

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Gordmans stores plan Veterans Day initiative

Freemont Tribune

All Gordmans stores will donate 5% of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day sales, up to $50,000, to Pets for Patriots...Gordmans invites guests to help honor our military heroes who keep our nation safe. Pets for Patriots partners with military and veteran organizations, U.S. shelter and veterinary networks, and the public to honor the lives of the most vulnerable and heroic among us.

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The Beauty of Giving: Beth Zimmerman founder of Pets for Patriots

Oprah Magazine

What does an active military member or veteran have in common with an abandoned dog? Actually, a lot, in the eyes of Beth Zimmerman.

..."Our veterans come to adoption in all stages of their career, for all different reasons. And in many situations, an animal is really the best therapy you could ask for."

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Do you really need pet insurance? How to tell whether it's worth it

Chicago Tribune

Petplan offers some of the most extensive pet coverage available, including exams, imaging, behavioral and alternative therapies, boarding kennel fees, and more. There are no upper age limits and the company makes it easy to file a claim with a one-page form. The company offers 24/7 customer service and supports organizations like Pets for Patriots and the National Police Dog Foundation.

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Pets for Patriots on FOX 31 Denver

KDVR FOX 31 Denver

It’s a startling statistic. But every day, 20 veterans take their own life. Meanwhile, every 8 seconds a cat or dog is put down in a shelter for lack of anyone to adopt them. That’s why the organization Pets for Patriots is committed to bringing together US Military and older or overlooked shelter pets – Saving two lives at once.

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That's what friends are for; Scouts earn Bronze Award for work with animal center

The Daily Times

Dogs and cats at the Blount County Animal Center have some new toys to play with and hopefully more visibility in the community after four Junior Girl Scouts at Union Grove Middle completed the requirements for their Bronze Award...On Farm Day, which was Aug. 27, the four Scouts handed out information on Pets for Patriots at Tractor Supply. While there, they also collected the donations and then took them to the animal center.

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A 20-pound cat with a squeaky purr helped a veteran fight off his darkest memories


The 20-pound cat purred like a car in need of a trip to the mechanic — the kind of squeaky rattle that Jody Sanders likened to the sound you'd hear trying to turn a vehicle in desperate need of power-steering fluid.

He was able to take the cat, Tembo, home from IndyHumane thanks to its partnership with Pets for Patriots, a New York-based nonprofit making pet adoption and ownership more accessible and affordable for U.S. veterans.

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Retired Army Sergeant Major from Montgomery Co. surprised with dog that beat the odds

The strength to overcome has united a Middle Tennessee Veteran and man's best friend. On Friday, Retired Army Sergeant Major, Chris Self, was surprised at Nashville International Airport with his dream dog.

"We wanted to surprise him with this." said Dana.

That's when Dana's daughter contacted the nonprofit, Pets for Patriots, to coordinate a possible adoption for their family.

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Abused pit bull Franky finds a home with a Clarksville combat veteran who lost a leg in battle


A perfect pairing of a man and a man’s (new) best friend started with an emotional meeting at the Nashville airport Friday.

Franky — a badly abused pit bull whose healing captured hearts in Clarksville — greeted his new owner by sniffing retired Army Sgt. Maj. Chris Self, who lost a leg in combat overseas in 2005.

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New beginning for abused Pit Bull, Franky, and combat veteran

Clarksville Now

What some thought may be the end of one dog’s life, turned into a beautiful new beginning. Courage, tenacity, and the strength to overcome brought one Fort Campbell solider and man’s best friend together. Franky, the pit bull discovered earlier this year suspected of being used as a bait dog, has finally found a forever home.

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County dog shelter waives adoption fees for veterans and active military personnel

Lancaster Eagle Gazette

After their 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Dargo, died suddenly of a stroke a few weeks ago, the Rittenhouse family was left with a void. That's where Moya, a 2-year-old beagle mix, came into the story. Rittenhouse and his wife, Courtney, found her at the Fairfield County Dog Adoption & Shelter and got her through the Pets for Patriots program.

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Pets for Patriots benefits from Blake's Kinder Cider campaign

The Macomb Daily

It's Blake's Farms' tradition of philanthropic endeavors that inspired the company to launch its Kinder Cider series. Among the ciders in the first series is Fido, a hopped raspberry and grapefruit cider that helps to raise money for Pets for Patriots, which is a nonprofit that pairs shelter animals with veterans.

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Macon County veterans find furry companions through Pets for Patriots

Herald & Review

DECATUR — Vietnam veteran Danny Dean adopted his dog, a rat terrier mix named Buddy, from the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center more than a year ago.

The process of adopting another dog was made a little easier by Pets for Patriots, a national organization available through Macon County Animal Control and Care Center.

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Bay Area veteran, shelter pup with anxiety finds support in one another

Fox 13 News

Mark and Molly's friendship is give and take. Before he adopted her a year ago, Molly was a stray found walking the streets after Hurricane Irma.

It’s a perfect match made possible by Pets For Patriots, a non-profit organization connecting veterans and shelter animals. The mission: end animal homeless in the U.S. while giving military veterans and their families the extraordinary love of a pet.

"Molly, she's been my anchor. I don’t know where I’d be without her," Mark said.

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Veteran says shelter dog rescued him from PTSD, depression

NBC10 News

A nationwide program is helping veterans heal while helping pets find new homes. Pets for Patriots helps cover fees and medical bills so veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues can take home a furry friend.

Brian Strongeen is a veteran dealing with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and Bayley is the dog that saved him.

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A special kind of service

Humane Society of the United States Animal Sheltering Magazine

To date, Pets for Patriots has helped find homes for more than 2,000 shelter animals while making it easier for former and current military members to enjoy the benefits of having a pet. The team reaches out to veterinary clinics near participating shelters and encourages them to offer military discounts, provides marketing materials, and shares profiles of animals who have been in the shelters the longest through its Forget Me Not social media campaign.

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Pets for Patriots Pairs Veterans with Shelter Animals

Mansfield News Journal

Skye needed Jason Rubeck.

A female pit bull, Skye was used as a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring. The deaf canine was found abandoned in an apartment, where she had been left for three weeks without food or water. Jason brought Skye home through Pets for Patriots, a nonprofit organization that connects veterans with shelter animals.

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Tennessee animal shelter hopes to pair pets with patriots

WBBJ Eyewitness News

Dozens of dogs at the Frances Halbrook Hensley Animal Shelter in Lexington need to be adopted.

The shelter teamed up with a nonprofit called Pets for Patriots. It allows eligible honorably discharged veterans to adopt a shelter pet for just $25.

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CHARLOTTE, NC, MAY 24, 2018 – Pets For Patriots is joining Prevagen in sponsoring the #45 car this Memorial Day weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series ALSCO 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to help raise awareness for the mission of caring for our nation’s veterans.

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Airlines are cracking down on emotional support animals

How Stuff Works

ESAs occupy a different category from service animals who are highly trained to perform specific, potentially life-saving tasks for people living with a disability. "Emotional support animals are companion pets ("ordinary" house pets) that are recommended by an individual's mental health professional for the alleviation of symptoms of an emotional disability," emails Beth Zimmerman, founder of Pets For Patriots, an organization that matches shelter dogs and cats with veterans.

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Pueblo couple recommends Pets for Patriots program for struggling service members

KOAA News 5

A Pueblo couple wants veterans in the area to know they are not alone. There’s a program that not only helps those dealing with things like PTSD, but also helps animals who have scars of their own.

Jerry McLaughlin and his cat, Cosette, are part of this program called Pets for Patriots.

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Meet Goslin and Dot, two pets looking for loving homes

Belleville News-Democrat

Belleville Area Humane Society is a temporary home for about 30 to 40 dogs and 35 to 40 cats. Here’s a look at two of the shelter’s A-list animals: Goslin, the beauty queen, and Dots, the sweet pea.

Goslin is part of the Pets for Patriots Program, which gives special benefits and discounts, including help with veterinary care, to veterans and active-service military.

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Pets for Patriots is Positively Richmond


Bob Sanderlin served in the Navy from 1977 to 1997. These days, he chooses to spend time with four-legged best friends, like Sparky. Sanderlin met Sparky about six weeks ago at the Richmond SPCA through its partnership with Pets for Patriots.

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Bow-wowing into work

Daily Miner

For 2017, PSI is using TYDTWDay to raise awareness and funds for Pets for Patriots, a charitable organization. Pets for Patriots helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, offering the pets a second chance at life, and the military members a new friend.

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Finding pets for vets

Baltimore Style

They say a dog is a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. But for participants in the Baltimore Humane Society’s Pets for Patriots program, the old adage goes both ways.

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Veterans and pets help each other

Times Herald Record

The Humane Society of Walden participates in Pets for Patriots, a national nonprofit, whose mission is to give the gifts of fidelity, joy and love to both veteran and pet through companion animal adoption.

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816 New York pledges to advance philanthropic commitment to Pets for Patriots

816 New York

816 New York will donate 1% of their time and profit to New York-based Pets for Patriots, a non-profit organization that helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, including adult, special needs, and large-breed pets.

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2017 Take Your Dog To Work Day® campaign to raise awareness for Pets for Patriots®

Pet Sitters International

KING, N.C. (March 2, 2017)—Take Your Dog To Work Day® creator Pet Sitters International (PSI) has announced that it is pledging a charitable contribution to Pets for Patriots® during this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day campaign and will help promote Pets for Patriots’ mission of helping veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets.

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VIP Petcare and Pets for Patriots announce partnership to serve veterans


WINDSOR, CA--(Marketwired - December 07, 2016) - VIP Petcare, the leader in veterinary pet wellness care, and Pets for Patriots, an organization that unites veterans with overlooked shelter dogs and cats, today announced a partnership designed to provide long-term companionship, health and happiness for pets. The partnership provides veterans who adopt through Pets for Patriots with a 10 percent discount on all services and prescription products administered at a VIP Petcare Community Clinic.

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CFC funds help boost pets for veterans program

Military Times

Donations to the Combined Federal Campaign make a big difference to charities both large and small, and to their beneficiaries — both two- and four-legged.

CFC has been a lifeline to create a stable foundation of support "so that we can, with confidence, honor the commitment we’ve made to veterans adopting pets through our program,” said Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots.

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Pets for Patriots gives Michigan veterans a deal on adoptions

CBS Detroit

Marine Veteran Corey Chamberlain of Westland met his 3-year-old Doberman/Shepherd mix named Phoenix at the Michigan Humane Society about a month ago.

He was going to wait a little before adopting him, but: “Leaning over just to say bye to him, my dog tags fell out of my shirt,” Chamberlain said. “And the lady’s like, oh, you know we have a program, Pets for Patriots. It helps veterans, you know, adopting a dog.”

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San Diego County veterans forum unveils new app for services, includes Pets for Patriots

County News Center

The County announced it was joining forces with a phone app called VAPP to provide easy access to County resources for military and veterans. The app is operated by Operation Military Family and connects people to urgent services such as food access, shelter and clothing and long-term resources like educational opportunities and health care services.

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Hound dog meets Devil Dog: a military love story

Life With Dogs

Brad’s most memorable day in military service was September 11, 2001.“[I was] sitting in an ambush site in Kosovo when we got the call on the radio that terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, he told Pets for Patriots’ Wet Nose Blog. Later that same year the Marine Corps veteran sustained a serious injury while on deployment, ending his military career.

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Drooly pooch named Hooch is 2016 American Hero Dog and wins $7,500 donation to Pets for Patriots

Today Pets & Animals

Hooch, a French Mastiff who transformed into a drooling hunk of contentment and gratitude after surviving severe abuse, has been named American Humane’s 2016 American Hero Dog.

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Pets for Patriots: Mario's and Kona's Story


It's difficult to deny that two very serious problems have plagued the United States for generations: first, that returning veterans deserve more support than they often receive, and second, that many animals in desperate need of loving homes are victimized twice-over when they're killed for not finding one fast enough.

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How This Veteran Saved His Dog After She Started a House Fire

Medium Corporation

Lt. Commander Chris Sacra knows a thing or two about fire. A 17-year Navy veteran, he is trained in basic firefighting and he’s put that training to use many times while on duty. “I don’t profess to be an expert,” says Chris, who is 39 and lives in Norfolk, VA, “but I know how quickly it can escalate. I know, with fire, time is not on your side.”

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Helping Vets Find Pets: SPCA Partners with Nonprofit

Stars and Stripes

Veterans can now adopt a furry friend at a discount from the SPCA of the Triad, due to a new partnership with a national nonprofit that helps military members find their animal match.

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Pets for Patriots program offers free adoption to military members at the Baltimore Humane Society

ABC News WMAR Baltimore

A program at the Baltimore Humane Society pairs veterans with shelter animals and it's a win-win for all.

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Pets for Patriots providing companions

(Video) ABC

ABC Action News' Ashely Yore reports on our partnership with Pets For Patriots that matches homeless pets with veterans.

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How One Nonprofit Is Connecting Our Country’s Loyal Service Men and Women With Shelter Pets

This Dog's Life

By providing emotional and physical support to those in need, Pets for Patriots is an organization that goes above and beyond the call of duty for both pets and veterans.

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Veterans find companionship with Pets for Patriots adoption program


As Veterans Day approaches, there’s a push by some vets to get others to adopt an animal. George Holey, of Baltimore County, joined the military at 18 and served several active tours of duty as a Marine, including one in Vietnam.

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Hometown Heroes: Pets for Patriots pairs veterans with homeless cats and dogs

(Video) Fox 13

It's been six months since Jonathan Hedrick lost Ziggy, his best friend and beloved cat of 12 years...Jonathan is slowly moving past his loss, with the help of Pets for Patriots a non-profit organization pairing veterans with homeless dogs and cats.

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Pets for Patriots founder on Cam and Company

NRA News

Speaking with Beth Zimmerman of Pets for Patriots.

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Every day is Veterans' Day

NRA News

Speaking with Beth Zimmerman of Pets for Patriots.

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Lemonade stand raises funds for Pets for Patriots

Cranston Herald

On July 3, just prior to the Fourth of July festivities, young Olivia VanPatten, 9, had already made her plans for that day – to run a lemonade stand to benefit Pets for Patriots, which finds and connects servicemen and women with pets for companionship.

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Humane society joins Pets for Patriots

Palm Coast Observer

Paul Crown sat on the couch at his Wellington Drive home last week; his newly adopted Doberman, Sugar, lay on the floor at his feet. Crown was the first resident to adopt from the Flagler Humane Society through Pets for Patriots Inc., a nonprofit that aims to help people and pets through pet adoptions for United States military veterans and service members.

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Palm Coast vet first to adopt through Pets for Patriots

News 13

A nationwide program designed to match animals in need of a home with veterans or active duty military is off to a successful start in Flagler County.

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Here’s Proof That A Love Of Animals Can Improve Your Life – And The Lives Of Others

Huffington Post

Ever since she was a little girl, Beth Zimmerman harbored a passion for rescued animals. It wasn’t until later in life, however, that she discovered a way of turning that passion into action.

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And then came Annie: Fair first Pets for Patriots adoptive parent in Blount

The Daily Times

When the Blount County Animal Center officially announced its partnership with Pets for Patriots in early July, little did retired Army Col. Karen Fair know that she would be the first to adopt a pet under the program in Blount County.

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New home for Inca, Itsy Bitsy thanks to Pets for Patriots

Verde Independent

Tony Camacho met Ann Imbierowski in Puerto Vallarta in 1993. "She jumped ship and landed on my yacht. Here we are 20 years later - and we haven't killed each other yet," he grins.

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