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Pets to Patriots – Giving Back to Those Who Serve Our Country

Katherine Heigl Pets to Patriots

We know that TAILS has run this story before, but we felt it was important enough to run again. We hope the Heigl Foundation keeps up the great work!

There are more than 20 million Veterans in our country today. The sacrifices they have made for our country is incomprehensible to the majority of Americans who have never served in the military. Every one of them has a story, every one of them should be honored.

Pets to Patriots wants to help. Throughout the country, more than 8 million cats and dogs enter American animal shelters each year. More than 4 million are euthanized annually. Pets to Patriots believes in the life enhancing benefits of companion animals and the special ability they have to help our Heroes heal and thrive.

On November 4, 2011, The Los Angeles Animal Alliance launched it’s historic Fall 5000 Super Adoption featuring Pet’s to Patriots! This Southern California Super Event is expected to place 5000 shelter dogs into permanent homes during the month of November.

Pets to Patriots is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is powered by the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in loving memory of Frederick John Debus, who served his country nobly in World War II and devoted the next 40 years of his life to the Navy Reserve, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander, and later volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo, NY for more than 25 years.

In memory of Frederick John Debus, The Heigl Foundation has donated $30,000 to fund adoptions for our Veterans! Uncle Jack, as he was known affectionately, was also very fond of both cats and dogs. So much so that he wrote a poem that spoke of his warm and reverent relationship with them, which, at his request, was placed on his funeral card:

Say this of him,
That he loved animals
Don’t add that this was
A good thing or a fine tribute
Rather say that he considered
It a great gift for which
He is eternally thankful.
Frederick John Debus – In Memoriam

Through this program, any veteran may adopt, at no cost, a pet from a local participating shelter in the Greater Los Angeles area. The program begins November 4 and concludes on January 30, 2012.

“It is a small token of our appreciation to the legion of heroes who have given so much. Their collective sacrifice is the reason we are still the greatest place on earth to live,” said a representative from the Heigl Foundation.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Gail CallahanNovember 15, 2011 at 7:56 amReply

    This is great and wonderful to see more it happening. What is available to veterans in the Chicago area like this?

    • Debbie LeganFebruary 18, 2012 at 7:03 pmReply

      Gail,
      I am the Volunteer Coordinator for Pits for Patriots based in the Chicagoland area.
      Pits for Patriots is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to training rescued pit bulls to become service dogs for veterans, fire fighters, and police officers in need of assistance or companion dogs. Please check out our website amd Facebook page.
      Debbie

  2. Lee Romano SequeiraNovember 12, 2011 at 1:01 pmReply

    Programs like this are such a win/win, I was happy to share this post on my foundation’s site, Peg’s Presents. (I also linked back to your site).

    As a dog lover and supporter of the troops, I can only hope more adoption centers follow suit.

    Thanks for the info :)

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