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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.

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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!

Youtube

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

IndyStar

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

WKRN.com

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

Tennessean

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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