Pet resources for military & veteran families

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Animal rescue - Afghanistan
Pet adoption
Pet foster care during deployment
Pet needs assistance (homeless veterans)
Transportation costs assistance
​Veterinary services


Animal rescue - Afghanistan

Afghan Stray Animal League
www.afghanstrayanimals.org
The Afghan Stray Animal League is a private non-profit organization in the U.S. that operates and supports a shelter and low-cost veterinary clinic for homeless, abandoned, sick or injured small animals in Afghanistan. The shelter is located in a refurbished house in Kabul, the Afghan capital, which has a large population of neglected street dogs and cats as well as thousands of backyard animals such as goats and donkeys whose owners cannot afford treatment for them.

Home Again: Operation Support our Troops (Guardians of Rescue)
www.guardiansofrescue.org
This program is a part of our Veterans and Military Affairs efforts, assisting returning service men and women in adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter when they return home or bringing back a pet rescued during their deployment.

Guardians of Rescue volunteers act as a special shelter liaison, helping with selection, completion of the adoption process, and training for both the animal and owner. We assist with the logistics of getting a pet home from the area where the service men and women are deployed, and making sure the animal adapts to US life by providing whatever training needed.

Many men and women in the service are also faced with the dilemma of pet care when deployed on active duty, and are often stuck with no positive alternatives. Animals they adopt while on deployment are in need of safe transport home, and this can be difficult to organize. The therapeutic benefit these animals provide is immeasurable, and these men and women need our support.

Nowzad (UK)
www.nowzad.com
Rescuing stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan.

Operation Baghdad Pups (SPCA International)
http://spcai.org/get-involved/military-support/obp-worldwide/
Members of the U.S. military stationed on bases all over the world befriend local animals during deployments that become their companions. But they are often forced to leave them behind when their deployments are over. Our Operation Baghdad Pups program was founded in 2008 to rescue and reunite these patriot pets with our service members in the U.S. To date, we have rescued over 550 animals from multiple countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Our program has expanded to become “OBP: Worldwide” and now we rescue animals anywhere in the world for members of all military branches.

Until we see peace in every corner of the world, OBP Worldwide will continue to serve wherever it is needed – just like the heroes of our U.S. Armed Forces. We consider every request, regardless of the location, a chance for SPCA International to give back to our troops.

Do you know a U.S. military serviceman or woman serving oversees that has a special relationship with a dog or cat they befriended there? Contact Us for help bringing that patriot pet to safety in the U.S. where they can be reunited again.

Puppy Rescue Mission
www.thepuppyrescuemission.org
Helping Soldiers bring their battle buddies home - The primary mission of Puppy Rescue Mission is to fundraise and assist various organizations which help soldiers bring their furry friends home from war. While PRM's primary mission is to assist soldiers and their furry friends, PRM will also, from time to time, assist an organization in rehoming a stray animal.


Pet adoption

Home Again: Operation Support our Troops (Guardians of Rescue)
www.guardiansofrescue.org
This program is a part of our Veterans and Military Affairs efforts, assisting returning service men and women in adopting a dog or cat from an animal shelter when they return home or bringing back a pet rescued during their deployment.

Guardians of Rescue volunteers act as a special shelter liaison, helping with selection, completion of the adoption process, and training for both the animal and owner. We assist with the logistics of getting a pet home from the area where the service men and women are deployed, and making sure the animal adapts to US life by providing whatever training needed.

Many men and women in the service are also faced with the dilemma of pet care when deployed on active duty, and are often stuck with no positive alternatives. Animals they adopt while on deployment are in need of safe transport home, and this can be difficult to organize. The therapeutic benefit these animals provide is immeasurable, and these men and women need our support.

Pets for Patriots
www.petsforpatriots.org
Pets for Patriots is a nationally-operating charity saving lives through companion pet adoption for service and veteran members of the United States military. Through our network of adoption partners, we pair at-risk shelter dogs and cats with veterans in need of a loving, therapeutic companion pet.

To ensure these bonds are healthy and enduring, Pets for Patriots reduces the overall costs of pet ownership for military personnel through access to ongoing discounted veterinary care, contributions towards the purchase of pet food and other essentials and sponsor-provided pet discounts. Applicants are welcome from any armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Learn more at www.petsforpatriots.org and let us help you find your new best friend.

Vets Adopt Pets
http://vetsadoptpets.org/
Vets Adopt Pets is a lively upbeat national program that "Thanks Veterans for their service to us all" with a furry little friend from the pet shelter. The on going love and devotion a pet gives to each veteran is the best way ever to thank the men and women who fought for our freedom. 

We are a community of contributors, shelters and rescues that join together to pay the adoption fee as our way of saying "thank you" to veterans, active duty and their families.

Our role is to pull together the many organizations, information and resources that exist to enable military active duty and veterans to enjoy a companion dog or cat from a pet shelter, to obtain service dog information-referrals, to honor our military working dogs, contract working dogs and their handlers. 


Pet foster care during military deployment

Dogs on Deployment
http://www.dogsondeployment.com/
Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their career. The last problem they want to worry about is what to do with their beloved family pet when it's time for them to deploy. Asking themselves, "What should I do with my dog while I'm on deployment," many service members have limited, to no options for their pets when they have to go overseas. Many owners have to relinquish their pets to shelters when they have nowhere else to go. Dogs On Deployment is a licensed non-profit which aims at becoming a central web-based database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a Dog On Deployment into their home for the length of their owner's deployment.

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet
www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org
Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet formed after learning that military service members across the country had pets that needed a caring, loving, and safe home to care for them during the pet owner's deployment to fight the global war on terrorism (combat or peace keeping missions), but had been unable to find someone to care for them.  This left the military pet owners with only one option, which was to relinquish their beloved pets and pet ownership rights to a humane society, animal shelter, or animal rescue group never to see their pets again, know if they were placed in a new home, or ended up being euthanized.

Humane Society Foster Care Tips
www.humanesociety.org
It is very important to keep loved ones close during uncertain times—including the four-legged members of our families. The Humane Society of the United States urges military families to work hard to keep pets in the family and resist relinquishing these beloved pets to shelters.

If you are in the military, it's important to make prior arrangements for your pets in case you are deployed. If at all possible, arrange for family or friends to care for your pet. When leaving your pet with family or friends, it's a good idea to create a foster care agreement. Having a written agreement will help protect your pet and provide you with the security of knowing your chosen caretaker has the legal right to care for your pet in your absence.

Site includes a brochure, checklists...

Loving Paws (Country Club Hills, IL)
http://lovingpawsinc.org/military/
Loving Paws, through our Camp K-9 affiliate, provides free boarding to all military personnel for the duration of their overseas deployment. In addition, Loving Paws will provide free boarding for National Guard members who are sent out of state to assist in disaster relief efforts. This is one of many ways Loving Paws can honor deployed active duty military personnel.

PACT for Animals
http://pactforanimals.org/pacts-work/military-foster-program/
The PACT for Animals' Military Foster Program is designed to provide an alternative to the unwanted surrender of beloved pets (dogs and cats) of our deployed military service members. We do this by recruiting and qualifying volunteer fosters who are willing to open their homes to provide a loving and safe environment for these pets until they can be reunited upon their owners' return.


Pet needs assistance

Vets and Their Pets (Valley Dogs Rescue - Phoenix, AZ)
http://www.valleydogs.org/VetsAndTheirPets/vetsandtheirpets.html
Vets and Their Pets is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in-need via foster, food, and medical care for their pets.

Vets and Their Pets provides temporary housing, veterinary care and food for animals of veterans in need. We will spay/neuter and provide basic shots for a veteran's animal. Our primary focus is homeless veterans or veterans in transitional housing needing assistance. The core focus is to ensure that a veteran will seek medical care for their needs while we provide care for their animals. Additionally we will support veterans that are in transitional housing by providing a home for their animal until they obtain permanent housing that will allow the animal to live with them.


Transportation costs assistance

American Airlines
https://www.aacargo.com/site/help.html
American Airlines is pleased to offer all active members of the U.S. military forces and their dependents a discount of 50% off of our published rates for shipping their pets. This discount applies to shipments within the Continental U.S. (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada. Eligibility guidelines are listed below:

  • Due to security regulations, only animal shipments will be widely accepted.
  • Discount is available for personal shipments only. Breeder shipments are not eligible for this discount.

Operation Military Pets (SPCA International)
http://www.spcai.org/index.php/programs/operation-military-pets.html
When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up. The military pays for many moving costs, but they don’t help our military families relocate the family pet. The cost for pet transportation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. All over the United States shelters near military bases report high surrender rates when military families can’t afford to relocate their dog or cat. Military families are being torn apart.

Our mission is to keep military families together by providing financial assistance for pet relocation costs. All branches of the military can qualify for grants. Whether being relocated within the United States or anywhere in the world, SPCA International’s Operation Military Pets is here to keep pets with the ones they love.


Veterinary services

​Veterinary Treatment Facilities
http://phc.amedd.army.mil/organization/Pages/VeterinaryTreatmentFacilities.aspx
In accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) regulations, animals owned by personnel authorized DoD medical care may receive veterinary medical care through an Army Veterinary Treatment Facility. The level of veterinary medical care available through each facility is dependent upon the level of professional and civilian staffing.
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