Since 2012 the Richmond SPCA has been an adoption and veterinary partner of Pets for Patriots, an organization created to serve the men and women of the United States Military by uniting veterans with pets awaiting adoption in shelters and making it more affordable for these heroes to make pets part of their families.
Pets for Patriots member shelters around the country provide special adoption benefits and discounts to member Patriots. At the Richmond SPCA, the generous sponsorship of Schwarzschild Jewelers allows us to provide our Patriots a deeply discounted adoption fee of only $50 and a welcome home kit full of items to get their new pet started at home. For cats, this includes a litter box, food and water bowl, litter scoop, toy and cardboard scratcher. Patriots adopting dogs receive a free leash and collar, food and water bowl, and a toy. All pets adopted through the program also have access to our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Clinic for ongoing high-quality full-service vet care at low cost.
Our adoption counselors give each service member personalized assistance in finding a cat or dog that meets the Pets for Patriots adoption criteria and the member's home and lifestyle. It is the mission of Pets for Patriots to promote adoption of the most overlooked cats and dogs in shelters across the country. Therefore pets eligible for this program are adult and special needs dogs and cats as well as large dogs.
Havarti is one of our Pets for Patriots success stories. The beautiful long-haired cat was 5 years old when she was transferred to our Robins-Starr Humane Center last fall from a rural county shelter before meeting her match with Theresa Zalewski.
Theresa is a U.S. Navy veteran who served for five years in the field of aviation ordnance. "The program is helpful with the costs for adoption fees and supplies," Theresa said. "It's nice to be recognized for my military service that allows me the benefit of having a furry friend."
The Zalewskis report that Havarti is doing well since joining their family in November. They even kept the name she had while in the care of the Richmond SPCA because they found it amusing and Havarti happens to be one of Theresa's favorite cheeses. She says that her daughter, Jocelyn, is especially happy to have the affectionate feline in her life and enjoys sharing stories of their companion with her co-workers and customers at the pet supply store where she works. Thanks to Jocelyn for providing all of these wonderful photos of Havarti, which she frequently shares on Instagram!
If you know a veteran or active duty service member who could benefit from the companionship and unconditional love of a pet, encourage him or her to visit petsforpatriots.org to begin the pre-qualification to Be a Pet's Hero™!
Tabitha Frizzell Treloar is the director of communications for the Richmond SPCA. To read the biographies of our other regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name.