A Bond Unbroken: 4 Paws 4 Vets

Jennifer | Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Meet two wonderful individuals from the Manchester Animal Shelter: Ron and Martha.

Ron and Martha have worked hard to change the lives of animals and veterans through a program called 4 Paws 4 Vets. This program connects veterans with shelter animals- free of cost! Both the animals and veterans have been through traumatic events in their lives – and together they help each other heal.

4 Paws 4 Vets does not have to be a forever home. If at any time the veteran is no longer able to take care of them, they can be brought back to the shelter and the animal will be be adopted into a new home.

The program, 4 Paws 4 Vets started seven years ago when a dog named Troy was living at the shelter. Troy wasn’t interested in people, except for one person in particular, a veteran. The veteran was recommended by his VA doctor to take a trip to the animal shelter and think about adopting. At the time, this veteran wasn’t leaving his house and had fallen into a depressive state. The dog saved his life.

At the time, there was no 4 Paws 4 Vets program but the shelter manager allowed this veteran to take the dog home as a “long term foster.” He was able to come into the shelter for all the dog’s veterinary needs, as well as food.

This unique bond led them to start the 4 Paws 4 Vets program. The program was originally funded through scrap metal junking.  Eventually the group began hosting fundraisers, dances, poker runs, and the donations started pouring in.

Who is eligible for this program? Any veteran who has a condition that would benefit from an animals company and is willing and able to care for the new found companion.

If you are thinking you may be interested in having an animal, but are worried about the costs of food/ cat littler, etc. we have help for you! Liberty House is now offering these items in their food pantry! Any veteran is allowed to us the food pantry for their animals needs. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and Saturday from 12pm-5pm.

We have had a few veteran access this service at Liberty House already. One veteran in particular, Brian, has utilized it for his cat Jaxx. Brian is a military veteran who has been through a lot in the last 10 years. He was diagnosed with cancer and because of the circumstances lost his job. He has been fighting cancer, along with other bumps in the road for a very long time. These fights take a toll on even the strongest of people.

Brian’s personality has changed dramatically since he adopted Jaxx from a friend three years ago. “This cat gives him life” reports a friend who has seen the transformation Jaxx has brought him. Brian is “thrilled to be a part of the collaboration.”

If you have any questions about 4 Paws 4 Vets or the Liberty House Food Pantry, please call us at (603)669-0761.

 

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