In honor of Veterans Day yesterday we wanted to share a little bit about one of our favorite non-profit organizations called Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets helps service members while simultaneously saving animals.
This program all started when Clarissa Black observed her dog, Bear, interacting with veterans. Bear’s presence had everyone laughing and smiling, so Clarissa Black realized the power that us dogs have on peoples’ emotions and she started Pets for Vets as a way to say thank you and help veterans.
Pets for Vets is kind of like a matchmaking service for veterans and shelter pets. Volunteers interview veterans and then they go find their perfect pet in nearby shelters. The program takes away the stress of finding a new vet and evaluates the veteran’s lifestyle in order to make long-term matches. Once the volunteers find the perfect pet, the pet goes to a professional trainer’s home. At the trainer’s home the pet learns basic obedience skills, good pet manners, and other helpful behaviors (this primarily depends on the veteran they are going to). Once the animal is trained the veteran gets to take them home! What’s great about this program is that it doesn’t just stop there. Pets for Vets provides guidance and support forever.
Many of the veterans who get these pets suffer from PTSD, which dogs are known to help with by improving mental health and wellbeing. Moreover, dogs are known to help people get out of the house and make connections with people.
We love this program and think it is a great way to help our veterans and shelter pets.
Lots of love,
Luna, Casper , Porkchop, and Poppy