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.
86% of our income is dedicated to programs and services that make life better for military veterans and their companion pets
$460,546 distributed through our pet food and hardship programs to help veterans provide for their new best friends
$45,704 directed towards urgent, life-saving, and palliative medical care for veterans' companion pets
01 Featured Story
Frank + Gus
Gus was losing the use of his back legs and his quality of life was declining as a result of severe spinal degeneration. The now 10-year-old dog was adopted in 2011 by Frank, a Navy veteran, who reached out to us for help. Thanks to our generous supporters we fully funded a new set of wheels for Gus, and he’s back where he belongs: right next to Frank, everywhere he goes.
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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
Bee + Laddie
Bee voluntarily enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII and in 2010 became one of our earliest adopters. The now 95 year-old veteran has fallen on hard times and benefits from our hardship and hero funds to care for her best friend, Laddie. Thanks to our supporters, 11 year-old Laddie is receiving medical care for respiratory issues and his hero mom is able to keep him by her side.
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