MILITARY FOSTER PROGRAM
Supporting Our Military and Their Beloved Pets
Across the country, every day, men and women of the armed forces are sent to trainings, deployments, and re-assignments in places where their pets cannot go. Even on short trips, without a capable friend or ability to afford expensive kenneling services, military pet owners are forced to unwillingly surrender their beloved pets to animal shelters or rescue groups and never see them again. With the probability of being reunited again very low, pets are either re-homed or euthanized due to overcrowding in animal shelters. Even today, one third or more of the animals that enter a shelter are euthanized. Imagine going off to fight for your country knowing that your furry family may be euthanized because no one else could help.
With the important role pets play in our physical and emotional health, are we willing to let a soldier’s best friend be yet another sacrifice they must make to serve their country? Or will we assure them that their pets will be safe and sound, waiting for them when they return?
PACT exists for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect this country every day. Our Military Foster Program provides the help and support they need that is crucial to both the animal’s well-being and the owner’s peace of mind.
How It Works – Fostering a Military Animal
PACT works directly with all military service members to match their companion animals with appropriate foster homes that will give them the care and love they need while their owners are deployed. We facilitate the foster home placement via our Foster Agreement – a written agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship and protects the interests of all parties involved.
During the foster term, PACT remains in close contact with the foster home to ensure the pet is settling in to a loving and safe environment. PACT continues to work with the foster home caregivers regarding any issues or concerns that may arise. PACT has a network of animal volunteers to help should an emergency arise at the foster home, and provides assistance, when necessary, by coordinating transport, professional trainers, groomers, kennels, food and supply support, and veterinary discounts for foster animals. Our foster programs are free; however, we ask that pet owners cover their beloved animals necessary expenses while in the foster home (food, grooming, veterinarian costs, etc).
While the owner is deployed, the foster family provides owners with regular updates on their pet’s well being, recent activities, and care. These are sent via emails, texts, phone, Facebook, post mail, videos or whatever works best for the owner! The updates always include a summary and often fosters can provide photographs or video — and the video of their best friend playing in the sunshine may be the best thing that soldier sees all day. Giving our brave military personnel a connection to their friends left behind and a reason to come home is one of the best things PACT Foster Families can do for our country.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. We are happy to hear from you.
Military Foster Agreement
If you are interested in fostering one of these great animals, please click here to fill out the online application, and contact email@example.com about the pet you want to foster. Service Members, click here to submit a companion animal in need of fostering.
We need your support!
Help us make a difference by becoming a foster parent to a companion animal of those in need or by financially supporting our foster programs. Please click here to donate whatever you can to continue to keep these emergency services free to all military personnel and hospital patients in need.
Take a look at our Military and Hospital Foster Program pets currently in foster care below:
Joana is a member of the US Navy at training from 6/9/2019-8/30/2019. She left her dog, Simone, with a friend who is unfortunately not able to keep her for the duration of her training period this summer. PACT is hoping to find a foster for Simone near her home town...read more
UPDATE: Big thanks to PACT foster Sandy for giving little Achilles a home for the next two weeks! Puppy love, anyone?! Sarai is a member of the US Army who will be going to mandatory training from 6/15/2019-6/30/2019. Sarai is hoping to find a foster for her 2.5 month...read more
Jeffrey is a member of the US Marines preparing for an overseas assignment which will take him away from his Roselle, IL, home from 5/31/2019 - 6/30/2020. PACT is hoping to find a great foster in the Roselle area to give his GSD, Spartan, a great home for the...read more
UPDATE: Thanks to Michael and Joyce for caring for sweet Snickers during Donna's recovery! Donna is a citizen in West Milford, NJ, who is experiencing an extended hospital stay. Her son, Steven, is trying to find temporary care for her cat, Snickers, from 5/27/2019 -...read more
UDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Sandra for giving these cuties a place to stay! Jordan is a member of the US Army preparing for an overseas assignment which will take her away from her Copperas Cove, TX, home from 6/7/2019 - 3/30/2020. Jordan is hoping to find a PACT...read more
Justin is a member of the US Air Force preparing for a year long overseas assignment. Justin is looking for a foster for his two cat pals from 5/30/2019-6/15/2020 near their home near Santa Maria, CA. Noah is a 1 year old neutered male domestic short haired black cat....read more
UPDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Debbie for giving Buster a home during his dad's assignment! Samuel is a member of the US Navy who will be leaving on an overseas assignment from 7/2/2019 - 3/1/2020. Samuel had arranged for a friend to look after his sweet pal, Buster,...read more
Chen is a member of the US National Guard and will be going on an overseas assignment from 6/15/2019 - 5/20/2020. Chen is hoping to find a great foster family near her home in Flushing, NY, to care for her sweet kitten, Tokyo. Tokyo is a 1 year old neutered male...read more
UPDATE: Thanks to PACT foster Krista for giving Obi a temporary home while Erick recovers! Erick is a citizen living in Aurora, CO, who is currently being treated for a medical condition. His mother was caring for his sweet long haired cat, Obi, but sadly she recently...read more
Kenneth and Shannon are citizens in Portland, OR, who are both experiencing extended medical issues and they're in need of a little support for their dog, Colman. Col is a sweet 8 year old pit/lab mix who gets along well with dogs and children, and is looking for a...read more