Pairing Veterans with Homeless Pets

Pairing Veterans with Homeless Pets

Pets2Vets was started by Dave Sharpe of Arlington, Virginia. After he returned from Iraq, he was troubled by thoughts he could not shake; he went with a friend to a local pit bull rescue and adopted a puppy. The puppy has helped him transition back to his life at home. Pets2Vets is a group that matches veterans with homeless pets by arranging adoptions of shelter animals; one of its goals is to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. It has made two or three matches per week since it began in October. Pets2Vets has worked with the Washington Animal Rescue League, and the League director Gary Weitzman says that it is a win-win situation for the shelter and the pets. “We provide them a healing environment to continue their recovery, but they also help our animals, many of which are recovering from traumas themselves.” Pets2Vets plans to expand early this year to additional shelters in the Washington, D.C., area, and then across the country in partnership with local veterans organizations. Mr. Sharpe says that his long-term goal is to extend the program to police, fire and rescue, and victims of natural disasters and other traumas. You can learn more about Pets2Vets at www.pets2vets.org. This is a great group for both vets and homeless dogs and cats!