Jefferson Animal Hospital Fern Creek has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a nonprofit that saves lives through companion pet adoption for United States military veterans, to support the well-being of shelter animals and honor our nation’s heroes.
As a Pets for Patriots veterinary partner, we provide an ongoing discount off veterinary fees for any dog or cat honorably adopted through Pets for Patriots.
“The financial costs of pet ownership cause many people to surrender their pets each year, where the majority of adult, disabled or otherwise hard-to-adopt pets face a grim fate,” says Dr. Pat Kennedy. “We’re proud to be part of a program that makes it easier for our veterans to keep their new best friends by producing high-quality, reduced-cost veterinary care.”
“These animals deserve a second chance at a happy, healthy life,” says Beth Zimmerman, founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots. Companion pets provide real physical and emotional benefits to veterans and their families, including those suffering from post-combat stress, depression, isolation or physical disability. We’re delighted to work with Jefferson Animal Hospital Fern Creek to help veterans in their own community – their neighbors – provide quality care for their new best friends.”
We quickly saw the potential of the Pets for Patriots program. “It’s meaningful for our business to be involved in such a valuable cause,” says Dr. Kennedy. “Through our partnership with Pets for Patriots, we hope to enhance the well-being of not just the animals we treat, but the veterans and their families as well.”
Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for their pet’s adoption fee. 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 Jefferson Animal Hospital provides ongoing fee discounts to encourage responsible pet veterinary care.
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 a local Pets for Patriots adoption partner to find their new best friend.
About Pets for Patriots
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.