A group of caring volunteers have opened their homes (and hearts) to foster the animals of deployed troops. Many service members struggle with leaving behind their loved ones, including their pets. It can be a very difficult time finding family or friends who are able to care for their pets, as most deployments are for a period of at least a year.
It is truly heartbreaking if they have no options and must relinquish their cherished pets to shelters.
Melvin “Buzz” Miller decided to end that heartbreak by enlisting volunteers to open their homes and foster these much loved animals.
A truly remarkable man, Miller is a wealthy real estate lawyer, former day trader, golden-touch entrepreneur, and animal lover. He now works tirelessly with the ASPCA to raise funds and advocate for animal-rights legislation.
In 2007, Miller started an animal rights nonprofit organization called PACT, People/Animals= Companions Together. The Military Foster Program is a very important component of PACT.
Foster parents provide regular pictures and updates on the animal for the troops. However, after such long periods, the foster families often bond with the animals. As a result, Miller has a provision in the contract that foster parents have visitation rights with the animals after the service members return home and reclaim their pets.
To learn more about the Military Foster Program with PACT or to get involved visit PactforAnimals.org