Early spring 2012, Monroe County Friends of Animals began exploring the possibility of
partnering with Pets for Patriots, a 501(c)(3) charity connecting adult and other at-risk
shelter pets with members of the U.S. military. This would be the first such affiliation
in the our state.
In August, 2012, the partnership was completed and our tiny shelter here in
Monroe County began the program of giving the transformative, healing powers of
companion pets to those who serve, and have served, our country.
We are delighted to see other shelters around the area also become partners with
Pets for Patriots as it means that more shelter animals here in Tennessee will have the
opportunity to become companions to those military heroes who have served our country.
Individuals are eligible to join our program at any stage of their careers and from all
branches of the armed forces.
Members who honorably adopt an eligible pet through our partner Monroe County Friends
of Animals receive a 45% adoption-fee discount, a bag of pet food and free pet training,
ongoing 10% discounts from Monroe County Animal Hospital, and an annual $150 contribution
from Pets for Patriots toward the purchase of pet food and other basics.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Veterans can find a new sense of purpose and a new pet friend when they save a
last-chance dog or cat: well-adjusted animals who find themselves in shelters through
no fault of their own, waiting for their hero. See this link from
Stripes.com to read about
the potential value of this program for those wounded and suffering from PTSD.
Our Second Chance Pals foster program is an excellent place to start, as these adult
pets have had the stability of living in a home environment and already fit at least one of
the primary requirements for a Pets for Patriots adoption. Ask the shelter to have the
foster brought in for a get-acquainted visit.
Or you may choose to make an appointment to visit our shelter and select from those
animals that are currently available for Patriots: one that is 2 years or older, a dog
weighing more than 40 pounds regardless of age, or a special needs dog or cat. Many times,
larger animals are difficult to find foster care and you may find the perfect larger
companion directly from the shelter.
All pets have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and are up to date on their
vaccinations. After finding your buddy, begin to experience the companionship that
only a loyal pet will give. Your new pet friend is waiting.
If you would like to donate directly to Pets for Patriots, click "Get
Monroe County Friends of Animals | P.O. Box 106 | Vonore, TN 37885