Foster Program for Dogs & Cats of Military Personnel
Brigadier General John Gronski came to Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow in 2011 to honor Buzz and PACT for the work they are doing in locating temporary foster homes for dogs and cats who have no place to live while their “best friend” is serving our country. We want our military to rest assured that their companion animal is being well taken care of while they are on active duty, and that they will be reunited with their pet after their tour of duty. It is often very difficult for a soldier to place their “best friend” into foster care. However, foster care is definitely preferable to having their “best friend” placed in shelters (which have an average euthanasia rate of approximately 50%).
Not many civilians are aware of the plight of our men and women who are called up for active duty and need to find housing for their beloved pets, while they are away serving our country.
PACT’s military foster program, which is just beginning, is unique in that during the time the pet is with their new foster family, photos and letters are required to be sent to their “parent” on a regular basis. It is a great morale booster as well as a “thank you” to that soldier. The added benefit of PACT’s program is that when the soldier returns, the foster family can keep in touch through contracted visitation rights for the life of the pet with his reunited soldier. It is a win-win situation for the companion animal, the soldier, the foster family, and our country.
This program is something we must do for our men and women who are risking their lives for us and our country in these increasingly dangerous times.