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Flagler Humane Society joins Pets for Patriots companion pet adoption program for military veterans

Partners with nationwide charity to give shelter dogs and cats a second chance at life with veterans and military personnel

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PALM COAST, Fla., March 3, 2015 – Flagler Humane Society has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a nonprofit that saves lives of person and pets through companion pet adoption for United States military veterans.

In spite of the demonstrated emotional and physical benefits of companion pets, more dogs and cats are killed each year than the populations of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont combined. Working with Pets for Patriots, Flagler Humane Society will give local veterans, active duty military members and their families the gift of unconditional love while providing the most overlooked dogs and cats a second chance at life.

“For every day a pet is in our shelter, it costs us around $10 or more if they need extra medical care,” said Amy Carotenuto, Flagler Humane Society Executive Director. “Working with Pets for Patriots, we hope to inspire our local veterans and service members to give these animals a loving home. This will help us place more hard-to-adopt pets with good people who need or want a companion pet, and save these innocent animals from being euthanized.

Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Eligible pets must meet one of three criteria: dog or cat two years or older or with special needs, or dog over 40 pounds.

Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for Flagler Humane Society’s adoption fee, which will only be $10 for program members. To reduce the chance that these pets are surrendered, the charity sends a $150 gift card upon proof of eligible adoption to help with food and other essentials, and provides access to local veterinary partners who agree to offer ongoing discounted care.

“Our goal is to help our adoption partners re-home harder-to-place pets that still have years of love and life to give while at the same time making it more affordable for military personnel to bring a pet into their lives,” said Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “We’re delighted to work with Flagler Humane Society to give these last-chance pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans in the community. Everybody wins.”

Flagler Humane Society quickly saw the potential to find hard-to-adopt dogs and cats permanent homes with service members. “We adopted out 1,601 animals last year,” said Carotenuto. “Through our partnership with Pets for Patriots, we hope to provide forever homes to even more loving animals with the many service members and veterans in our area.”

Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide relevant eligibility documents. Approval typically takes no more than two business days, after which they can visit Flagler Humane Society to find their new best friend.

Flagler Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed in 1980 with the mission of taking in and caring for homeless animals and finding them loving, “forever homes” where they can live out their lives as part of a family. For more information go to www.flaglerhumanesociety.org

Pets for Patriots, Inc. is a nationally operating 501 (c)(3) charity that creates life-saving opportunities for veterans to adopt homeless dogs and cats. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to United States military veterans from WWII up to and including those currently in service, while saving the most overlooked homeless animals. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit www.petsforpatriots.org for more information.
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