Katherine Heigl’s Foundation Launches Pets to Patriots Program (video)

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In gratitude to those who have defended our precious gift of freedom, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is offering veterans the gift of furry friendship through the Pets to Patriots program.

Launched November 4, 2011 at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California, actress Katherine Heigl– along with her sister Meg and mother, Nancy Heigl–helped to shine a spotlight on the pet adoption initiative, which will help the Los Angeles Animal Alliance’s efforts to find forever homes for at least 5,000 shelter animals during the month of November through the Fall 5000 program.

In remembrance of beloved late family member Lieutenant Commander Frederick John Debus’s fondness for Fidos and felines, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation has donated $30,000 to the Los Angeles Animal Alliance’s Fall 5000 Super Adoption Program so that those who have served our country can adopt a pawed pal at no cost from a participating Los Angeles area shelter. The program continues through January 30, 2012.

The Fall 5000 campaign kicked off with a Super Adoption event November 4 – 6, with 20 shelters in five counties taking part.   Thanks to the Pets to Patriots program, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation has announced that 78 orphaned animals from the East Valley Animal Shelter found loving homes with veterans during the first weekend of the adoption campaign.

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  • DC M

    Please train all of us veterans about ongoing grooming, veterinarian care, food and other time and costs of responsible pet ownership.

    Many landlords charge pet rent and a huge deposit or say pets are not allowed. ADA (FHEO) allows exceptions to the no pet policies, pet rent and maybe deposit with a request and an MD or PTSD note saying not “it may”, but that the pet “will benefit” the owner’s disability ( psyche or physical pain/mobility.)

    Cats or rabbits are far easier to properly care for if there are sleep, pain or mobility problems. Giving a large dog that needs to be walked 2-3 x a day to someone who barely or never walks +/or requires multiple daily pain medications, or to someone has erratic or long sleep patterns is not good for either the animal or the owner. Physically disabled vets not in accessible housing might like the idea of a dog, but good pet care may be too painful to manage long term.

    Also new ADA rules mean only trained licensed service dogs can be taken to businesses and some other places. Most VA facilities wont allow general emotional support animals in either. http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

    Handling this footwork up front will make for better lives for the vets and the pets. I have seen pets and people with disability exist well and exist poorly together.

    Glad you are doing this!