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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Pets and Patriots Foundation has a two fold mission: To decrease euthanasia of adoptable pets by providing initiatives for spay/neuter services; and to provide specialized training for rescued dogs to work as service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

Results: Pets and Patriots Foundation has 5 service dog/handler teams currently. Service Dog Liberty works for an Army veteran with a 22-year service record; Service Dog Wendy works for an Army veteran who served in Vietnam; Service Dog Cody works for a retired Navy officer. Service Dog-In-Training Shadow is learning to work for an Army veteran. Service Dog-In-Training Riley is learning to work for a Marine veteran.

Target demographics: Pets and Patriots Foundation assists veterans with PTSD, and pet owners who need assistance accessing spay/neuter services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Pets and Patriots Foundation placed three trained service dogs with veterans with PTSD in 2016, and has placed one rescued dog as a service-dog-in-training with an Army Veteran in 2017.

Geographic areas served: Pets and Patriots Foundation focuses efforts in the Gainesville, FL area.

Programs: Pets and Patriots Foundation provides specialized training for rescued dogs to work as service dogs for veterans with PTSD. Pets and Patriots Foundation also provides incentives for families seeking spay/neuter assistance.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pets and patriots is changing my life as a vet with PTSD I lived my life in salitude with the love and help from my dog Shadow I am beginning to see the world outside of my home all I can say is thank you
Michelle for everything your doing God Bless You

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so glad that Michelle Dunlap is using her skills for this very worthy cause. I have had the opportunity to benefit from Michelle knowledge and kindness.
My life is better because of this.
Any veteran who is helped by this organization will have their lives improved vastly and a great dog.
Thank you
Lois Lane Pet services
Bea

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have known Michelle Dunlap for many years through her directorship of Phoenix Animal Rescue. We have both fostered & adopted from PAR. Michelle is tireless in advocating for dogs and people in need. She has an uncanny ability to pair people & pups once she gets to know & evaluate the needs of both. It is only natural that her work with rescue has morphed from PAR to Pets and Patriots Foundation. How better to serve "broken" dogs & in a sense "broken" people!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have known Michelle Dunlap & Phoenix Animal Rescue for several years & are foster failures x3. Once a Phoenix dog, always a Phoenix dog. No matter where on the globe they are, if they have a problem, Phoenix is available to help. That kind of over & above dedication is what makes this rescue so unique! Whether it's a medical issue, a behavioral issue, or anything else, PAR is available with advice & answers. We recommend them very highly!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been involved with Phoenix for many years, I love this new turn of events. If anyone can excel at something like this, it is Michelle. Great to see good things happening in and around our community for our veterans. Being the daughter of a Marine, this holds a special part of my heart. They have my vote!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As an animal advocate and educator who has experienced the benefits of service dogs I wholeheartedly support this group. Pets and Patriots not only helps Veterans and dogs, but is a part of a broader picture of outreach. They are helping Veterans recover and move forward in their lives, allowing them to become stronger contributing individuals; turning homeless dogs into productive, contributing service animals; educating communities on how much mental health support can serve not just an individual but the community they are part of; and supporting the growth of other non-profits that serve those that served us all. The trainers and organizers have the needed experience and skill to appropriately choose and match dogs, to train the dogs and their future owners, and develop service animals that are positive examples in the industry.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Pets and Patriots Foundation (PPF) is a relatively new non-profit organization, and yet they have already made significant progress in placing and training appropriate dogs for several veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And the fact that the organization assesses, screens, and trains rescue dogs is a win-win situation for the dog and the veteran. The Foundation provides a valuable service to the community at large, to the veteran, and to the rescue dog. In a sense, the dog and veteran are each “saving” each other.
I have known Michelle Dunlap, the Executive Director of PPF, for over 10 years, originally meeting her when she was the director of the non-profit animal rescue organization, Phoenix Animal Rescue. During that time, I have observed that Michelle is a skilled dog trainer and educator, and is excellent at assessing dog behavior and traits with the goal of “matching” each dog to his/her perfect home. I have been fostering rescue dogs for over 20 years, and this perceptive “matchmaking” between the animal and human is essential to finding a permanent happy home for the dog and his/her new guardian(s). And now, Michelle is using her dog behavior knowledge to assess potential rescue dogs for the PPF, and she is also using her dog training skills to train each dog and veteran in the PPF program. Michelle has established a specific training program, but the program also allows for the individuality of the veteran-dog training pace.
The PPF provides trained service dogs free of charge to our military veterans. These dogs provide a level of comfort and control to the veteran in environments he/she would never have visited before (for example, areas with many sensory stimuli such as big stores). The Pets for Patriots Foundation is a valuable organization and is worthy of support.

1 Becky V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was so exited to find out that Michelle started this foundation! I am a trainer with Petsmart and I help train some of the dogs for the Veterans. What Michelle is doing is amazing, to say the least. I hope with all my heart that Michelle gets this grant to help keep helping our Vets!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every weekend for two years, I worked in the store where they adopted out some really great dogs. This group is awesome, they truly care about every dog. It was my privilege to have the opportunity to see the great work they do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happily recommend this organization of dedicated dog lovers who have combined their goals of saving dogs and providing much needed companions for deserving Veterans.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional dog groomer, foster pet home and former board member of Phoenix Animal Rescue, I'm thrilled to see Michelle Dunlap's skills in dog training and public education serving our local veterans via the Pets & Patriots Foundation. Her years of experience evaluating animal temperament and matching each pet to its perfect family now assist people whose ability to function fully in society depends on having the right service dog. This organization shows its commitment to saving as many pets as possible by not only choosing rescued shelter dogs for service, but also supporting low cost spay/neuter in the surrounding community to help decrease the number of dogs going into shelters.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Michelle Dunlap, founder and executive director of Phoenix Animal Rescue, since 2002 when we worked on a grant together. For 13 years I have watched her love for training and saving dogs develop what I consider the premier rescue agency in north central Florida. Her understanding of dog behavior along with her ability to recruit and train volunteers and foster homes has truly taken rescue in our area to the next level. Phoenix dogs are given absolutely every opportunity to make the best of their new lives, starting with vet care from Day 1, all the way through behavioral evaluation and training in foster homes devoted to their care and socialization. All dogs are adopted to homes best matching their needs and personalities and Phoenix dogs are always accepted back into the program if an adoption doesn't work out, even to the point of retrieving dogs turned in to shelters in other cities and states. As a volunteer, foster home, sometime board member, and professional groomer, I say no other rescue does it better!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pets and Patriots Foundation found my dog for me and he is a perfect match. The agency knew my needs and the dog's temperament and capabilities. I am grateful for the friendly, compassionate, and professional service they provide to veterans like myself and the rescue dog community. Thank you Michelle Dunlap.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Research clearly shows that interacting with animals can provide physical, mental, and emotional benefits for humans. In addition, properly trained service animals can be a life line for their human, often enabling their person to be a functional and contributing member of society. What a gift it is to be able to build upon these special qualities that many animals have to alleviate the mental, physical, and emotional trauma some veterans experience because of their service to their country. The Pets and Patriots Foundation does exactly that. By training dogs that have been rescued from an almost certain death in high-kill animal shelters, Pets and Patriots saves not just the life of a dog but, also, that of its human companion who relies on their dog's training and skill to help them get through another day. This is a tremendous service to our community, in general, and our veterans, in particular, who deserve all that society can give back to them.

1 Kathleen100

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many, many thanks to Michelle for all the help she has provided to my husband and me throughout the years. We first came to Michelle looking to foster and took in 2 beautiful mixed dobbys. Through the years they were boarded back with Michelle whenever we took longer trips. Unfortunately, my husband passed away. I was suddenly faced with having to give up some of the dogs we had accumulated throughout the years. Michelle helped rehome 3 of the 6 dogs we had. Unknown to me at the time, I had developed a tumor that was causing excessive exhaustion and memory issues. Even though it broke my heart to give up half of my family of dogs, I knew that they would be taken care of. I still miss Squirt, Monkey and Archie a great deal, but I know that they are in good homes. I will always appreciate Michelle for helping me rehome my dogs, and helping me find such great companionship too.

Donna208

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing Michelle Dunlap of Phoenix Animal Rescue for a few years. Michelle and her staff go beyond the call to rescue dogs that have been dumped at shelters or abused. Phoenix is by far one of the best rescue operations I have come across . Her trained foster families work hard to get puppies and hard to place dogs and seniors forever homes. Thank you Phoenix for all your hard work and my 4 adopted Phoenix dogs thank you too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my 1st Phoenix Rescue dog about 6 yrs ago and little Chi with an attitude, through one of PARs fosters, I met Michelle later when I got Fred, Ethel and Preacher. I have worked with a few Rescues before and must say Michelle is by far the most dedicated, compassionate person to this cause. She has a wonderful foster program and a adoption events. Michelle works hard to raise money for her rescue group and every cent goes toward saving these dogs and puppies.

3 Mark174

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with animal rescue for a few years. The dedication these people have for saving these dogs goes far beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of PAR since I fostered my first dog in 2013. Michelle Dunlap is the tireless director and she runs the rescue with professionalism and compassion. Phoenix doesn't just rescue the young, healthy, "cute" dogs, but the old, the crippled, the heartworm-positive, the mangy, the injured, and the emaciated too. No expense is spared in rehabbing Phoenix dogs. They take the time to screen their volunteers, fosters, and prospective adopters. I've fostered 8 dogs (including a newborn litter of 4!) and I've been a "foster failure" twice. I continue to support their mission with a monthly donation. If you are interested in becoming a foster, or looking to adopt a great dog, look no further than Phoenix Animal Rescue. Michelle and Team Phoenix are the BEST!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A phenomenal rescue organization from whom we adopted our gentle Hunter, a sweet pit bull mix. Run by volunteers, I recently read where they just rescued their 6,000th dog! Wow! We are SO grateful to them! A great non-profit run by selfless people w huge hearts!! Thank you, Phoenix!

6 Linda349

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from Phoenix Animal Rescue. I adopted my first dog in 2010 and it was such a great experience and I like the rescue so much that I adopted my second dog in 2012. Since then I have volunteered with this rescue group because I believe in them, I love the way they run the rescue, they have wonderful foster families volunteers that help with the rescue and the adoptions. They are all about saving dogs lives and finding wonderful forever families.

5 Louise23

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I own a pet boarding facility and do rescuing occasionally. Whether my rescues or an owner abandoned boarder, Phoenix always steps up to the plate and helps me find homes for them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This nonprofit animal rescue group is one of the most dedicated groups I have ever seen. Everyone involved quickly responds to help out when needed. Donations to this group end up where they belong, with the animals.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

This great non profit rescue group does tremendous work in helping animals in need! Very compassionate, kind, and well organized rescue. They really do the very best for all animals in need! Phoenix Animal Rescue is a standup nonprofit that should be viewed as the way all rescues should operate!!!