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Program pairs homeless pets with military members

HALO Animal Rescue, which has a new adoption center inside Metrocenter Mall, has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that connects rescued shelter pets with our country’s loyal service men and women, to increase the adoption of adult and other at-risk homeless pets by veteran and service members of the United States military.

HALO saw the potential to place harder-to-adopt dogs and cats into loving, permanent homes with service members while giving local veterans, service members and their families the gift of a pet’s unconditional friendship and love.

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, dog over 40 pounds regardless of age, or a special needs dog or cat.

Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for HALO Animal Rescue’s adoption fee.

Pets for Patriots 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,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. “At the same time, we want to make it more affordable for military personnel to bring a pet into their lives. We’re delighted to work with HALO Animal Rescue to give homeless pets a second chance at life and, in so doing, to enhance the lives of veterans in the community. Everybody wins.”

Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide proof of their military service or honorable discharge. Approval typically takes one to two business days, after which they can visit HALO Animal Rescue for assistance in choosing their new best friend. For more information, call 602-997-HALO (4256).

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