[July 13, 2018] Occasionally we find there are folks working behind the scenes to do good works in their communities. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a group raising awareness, there are many ways this can occur. One unique type of people helping is pets and vets rescue services.
There are several of these organizations across the United States and several Western nations run by people with a vision to help military veterans recover from the trauma of war and, at the same time, rescue those dogs who may have to be put down. Thus the generic name, pets and vets rescue.
What follows is a small list of these organizations (with hyperlinks):
- Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) – https://www.arflife.org/
- Paws for Veterans – http://www.pawsforveterans.com/
- Pets for Vets – https://www.petsforvets.com/
- Pets for Patriots – https://petsforpatriots.org/
- Vets Adopt Pets – http://www.vetsadoptpets.org/
- America’s Vet Dogs – https://www.vetdogs.org/
Their mission is similar; to assist those who have served our country honorably, providing them with pets that can help them live with dignity and independence. There are many Armed Forces veterans who served their nation and yet came out of that experience with a number of problems. PTSD, TBI, missing limbs, and other psychological and physical injuries can be helped with the right treatment.
Animals have provided companionship for humans since before recorded history. Dogs, in particular, have a long association with humans and their agreeable nature is the perfect connection to veterans.
Some refer to our furry friends as “battle buddies,” those who go with you everywhere. They provide immediate comfort and protection. Make no mistake about it; these are fully trained service dogs (and an occasional cat) that help bring veterans back from the brink of social isolation.
I salute those who provide the hard work, dedication, and leadership to make all this possible. I recommend that you pick up your phone and call one of the many Pets and Vets organizations which are assisting veterans and volunteer or, if you can, offer a donation. Even a little time out of your day will be appreciated and valued.