You will be hearing about the Pets for Vets organization this week. It exists for two simple and noble purposes. Most importantly, it provides compassionate companions to the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military. And secondly, it finds homes for deserving shelter animals.
This week, Pets for Vets will pick up a special spotlight on their efforts. Oct 21 is National Pets for Vets Day.
The press and social media will share pictures and stories to spread the word.
Pets for Vets Background Story
Meanwhile, here are the distressing facts that tell the real background story:
- 6.5 Million Dogs And Cats Enter U.S. Shelters Each Year.
- 1.5 Million Shelter Animals Are Euthanized In Shelters Annually.
Now match those with this additional sad fact:
- As Many As 20% Of Returning Military Veterans Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Pets for Vets model tries to deal with these tough numbers. And make them work with each other. It reviews the needs, personalities, and lifestyles of those Veterans. Then matches with a rescued animal companion.
Pets for Vets Screening Procedure
Pets for Vets doesn’t just give a Veteran a dog.
The screening process is interesting. It begins with what I can describe as an “interview” of the pet. The goal is to find a dog with a personality and temperament best compatible with the Veteran.
Then the pet spends time with one of the Pets for Vets selected professional trainers. Positive reinforcement methods are used to teach good manners, basic obedience, and other valuable skills.
Many Veterans could have also suffered physical injuries. Therefore, training may also include having the dog become comfortable with wheelchairs or crutches. In addition, recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors become part of the dog’s skill set.
The pet will provide unconditional love, comfort, support to its new owner — and more.
The Pets for Vets website shares a bit of surprising inside info about what happens when the human hand pets the animal.
The hormone oxytocin releases into the brain of both the human and the animal. What does that do? It creates a sense of calm, regulates breathing, and lowers both blood pressure and pulse rate.
How about that?
Then there are the dog walks. These get the Veteran out of the home. And back to interacting with the public on the street. This is very important. Transitioning to civilian life can be extremely difficult for military personnel. Especially for those who come home with physical and/or emotional injuries.
One other thing I hadn’t thought about until doing the research. When a Veteran steps forward to request a companion dog, the pet leaves the animal shelter. So? That adoption opens up the space in the shelter for another rescued pet.
Connecting the right Vet with the right pet is a win-win situation. Veterans receive a second chance at health and happiness. Shelter animals receive a second chance at life.
To apply or for more info, contact Pets for Vets.
(What type of content should your business website blog offer? Advice rather than product promotion. Be a valuable info resource rather than an irritating source of sales pitches. For example, if you own a pet shop or veterinary practice, then you might share this type of content. Contact me if interested.)