Man Gives Hope To Troops Who Have To Leave Pets Behind
Now they don't have to give up their pets to shelters when they're deployed, thanks to a Pennsylvania man and his volunteer network.
Many of us have beloved family pets we couldn't imagine living without, let alone having to give up to a shelter. So you can imagine the terrible decisions active military personnel face when they're deployed and there's no one at home to care for their beloved dog or cat while they're away.
Delaware Valley (PA) resident Buzz Miller has been working in animal rescue for 30 years. When he noticed the alarming number of service men and women who were giving up their furry companions to shelters before deployment, he started PACT for animals, an organization that finds foster homes for their animals for free.
Since its founding in 2011, PACT has gone from four pet placements a year to 245 placements in 2019.
Miller's mission expanded beyond military families when he got a call from a social worker at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on behalf of a mother whose son was in the hospital. The mother had moved into the Ronald McDonald House to be closer to her son, but wasn't allowed to bring their dog, Baby Powder. Miller stepped up and got Baby Powder into a foster home within 12 hours of that first call.
Miller takes no money for his volunteer work at PACT. He believes all the money raised should go toward helping the animals. He can't wait for the day that no animal has to be surrendered to a shelter because of a temporary crisis.
PACT has successfully placed over a thousand animals who were eventually able to be reunited with their owners and are looking to expand further by growing their network of vets, trainers, kennels, and volunteers. But, there are still lots of pets who could use your help!
Maya and Daisy are two pups in need of foster care in Pennsylvania, Maryland or DelawarePACTforAnimals.org