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Unites States VA.Gov and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

US Veterans Affairs and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

December 6, 2017, 12:29:00 PM

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Vets Affairs and Humane Society of United States Announce Partnership

Goal is to Pair Veteran With Rescued Animals

Washington — This day, the Department of VA.Gov (VA) announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to encourage US Vets to consider pet ownership and volunteer opportunities with community organizations, including local animal shelters and humane societies in an effort to pair Vet with rescued animals.

This announcement represents the latest example of VA’s commitment to working closely with nonprofit organizations and other community partners to identify new and innovative ways to support Veterans’ health and well being through this initiative.

“There are many benefits to pet ownership both for Vets in need of companionship and for animals in need of good homes,” said VA.Gov Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The greatest benefit for both can be a more fulfilled quality of life. We are pleased to work with the Humane Society on this important initiative and excited about its potential to create more opportunities to serve.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS, also hailed the new alliance.

“The partnership between animal welfare groups and Veteran Affairs is an important program for our US Veterans and for homeless animals,” Pacelle said. “We know the power of the human-animal bond, and I can’t think of a better way to see it expressed than in helping our nation’s heroes.”

VA.Gov and the HSUS will build model programs and networks with community organizations in order to establish connections with local US Veterans Affairs medical facilities, making it easier to link Vet with animals ready for adoption in their local communities.

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