Pets Helping Vets
At LifeLine we believe that heroes and homeless pets have a lot to offer one another.
Our Pets Helping Vets program is LifeLine's way of thanking members of the U.S. military for their sacrifice and service and to show our deep appreciation for their contributions to our country. We wish our returning vets happiness here at home and for current and former military who love dogs and cats and want to make a pet part of their lives, we hope they will find a new four-legged friend and family member at LifeLine.
Free Adoptions for Current and Former Military
Shelter dogs from LifeLine's Dog House and rescued cats and kittens from our Kitty Motel are available for adoption, free of charge, for service men and women showing military ID or discharge papers.
Potential pet parents must meet LifeLine's standard criteria for adopting a pet, however current adoption fees of $80- $120 are waived. All pets are current on their vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered and micro chipped. Many dogs who have been at our shelter for any length of time have received some basic obedience training.
PTSD Service Dogs
Current estimates state that up to 20% of returning military veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
A service dog, trained specifically for veterans with PTSD, can be a valuable companion ,one who helps heal the emotional wounds of war and aids a returning vet in adjusting to his or her new life here at home. Through this special part of our Pets Helping Vets program LifeLine will transition homeless dogs who have been rescued, rehabilitated and trained and pair them with veterans in need of a service dog, all free of charge to the veteran.
Maverick, our first dog to enter the program, is currently working with a qualified trainer. Upon successful completion of his 8-month training, LifeLine will match him with a veteran in our community who suffers from PTSD.
Pets Helping Vets, Vets Helping Pets
Veterans and their families can benefit greatly from owning a companion animal. Homeless dogs and cats deserve a second chance at health, happiness and the special bond that connects people and pets. Communities are strengthened when we support our soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and when we all take care of animals who need us.
|To support LifeLine's Pets Helping Vets program, click the Donate button to make a secure, online donation via PayPal or mail your donation to LifeLine Animal Project, Pets Helping Vets, PO Box 15466, Atlanta, GA 30333. LifeLine is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible.|
For an online database of adoptable animals:
On how pets help military veterans heal from wounds of war: http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/dogs-war
How owning a pet can help PTSD: http://www.heal-post-traumatic-stress.com/PTSDandPets.html