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:
Special shout out to PACT foster Lin for understanding Conchita's move to the Middle East and committing to protect Roxie for an extended time!read more
Special Thanks to PACT foster Lindsay for her willingness and ability to be responsible for these cute siblings as Chloe serves our country overseas in the Army Reserves.read more
Shout out to PACT foster Shelly for showing the determination to tend to the needs of Maximus while Catherine serves the Army in Kuwait!read more
PACT is grateful for foster Kaila for showing her commitment to nurturing Stanley while Jesse serves the country in the Army Reserves!read more
Special thank you to PACT foster Shelly for committing as a resource for Catherine, as she cannot take care of Maximus while out on deployment!read more
Thank you PACT foster Anna for helping Melissa in providing a space for Sammy to live so has time to Melissa take care of her father for a speedy recovery!read more
Gloam has found an new home in Pittsburgh with PACT foster Lucy, who deserves a special thank you for helping Michael while he trains for the Air Force!read more
Big shout out and thanks to PACT foster Megan for providing this cute dog a new and well-suited home while her Mom serves the army in Korea!read more
PACT foster Pearl deserves a special thanks for her commitment in ensuring Kira and Simba have a home that caters to their needs while Gaetano serves the Air Force in Turkey!read more
PACT foster Mariann deserves a special shout out for her ability to provide what Scout needs as Michael serves the National Guard in the Middle East!read more