What Is Pets For Patriots

Around 3million animals do not make it out of shelters alive each year. This is roughly equal to the population of the state of Iowa. 1 in 5 Afghanistan and Iraq veterans suffer from depression, and are high risk for suicide. Pets can help relieve depression by giving their unconditional love and acceptance. Pets give us a renewed sense of purpose in our lives. Pets for Patriots has helped with over 1,817 pet adoptions to the men and women of our military.


Their Vision

Pets For Patriots wants to end animal homelessness in the United States by giving our military and their families the extraordinary love of a companion pet. They can make this vision happen with the help of their nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, along with military and veteran organizations. Also, with the help of a public that values the lives of the most vulnerable and the most heroic among us.

Their Mission

  • To work with the animal welfare community.
  • Be a voice for animals in shelters.
  • Bring hope to the hopeless.
  • To help veterans to be able to afford a pet.
  • To share their love.

Pets for Patriots mission is to give the gifts of fidelity, joy and love to both veteran and pet through companion animal adoption.

How It Started

Beth Zimmerman grew up in a home that adopted dogs from the local shelter. She had a passion for animals and vowed that she would one day find a way to rescue them all. Beth believes that every shelter animal deserves to know the love of a forever family.

Beth also grew up with parents that taught her to respect our nation’s service members, military families, our veterans, and our nation’s history. So, with the respect of our military and love of animals, Beth founded Pets for Patriots in 2009.

In the fall of 2017, Beth adopted a senior pit bull/boxer mix named Benny. And to this day, Beth continues to dream of saving every animal in shelters across the United States.


Every 8 seconds a shelter animal is killed because no one adopted them. 20 veterans commit suicide every day. Saving lives is the goal for the people at Pets for Patriots. It should be a goal that we all strive for. The men and women of our military deserve to have a fury friend that would love them unconditionally, and could be the one thing that saves his/her life. And the deserted unwanted animals deserve to know a kind hand, and the love of a forever family.

Please, if you know a veteran or someone currently in the military and you think they could benefit from having a cat or dog around to love them, then please get in touch with Pets for Patriots. You could be helping to save lives…..






Author: JTowsley

I am a dad of three, two boys and a girl. I have a wonderful wife, Heather. We love animals, especially pit bull type dogs.

2 thoughts on “What Is Pets For Patriots”

  1. Oh! I absolutely love this idea! Helping both animals and vets.

    I wonder how many dogs have been rescued and had their lives restored due to this program.

    This is such a great program, I am not in the US, do you know if this is something that exists in Canada?
    I am curious if this is something that is being done on a global scale.

    1. I did some research and found that the Wounded Warriors Canada has a PTSD Service Dog Program that pairs a dog with a soldier.  It doesn’t seem to be as all encompassing as our Pets for Patriots, but it does seem to be a rather good program!  If it saves lives than that is all that matters!

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