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Pets Enriching Troops Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Pets Enriching Troops’ mission is to increase morale, foster positive relationships and responsible pet ownership, and prevent pet abandonment by providing therapy pet services, education, and resources to military personnel and their families.

Programs: shipping and fostering, socialization and training, and therapy and assistance animal services.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Keyle H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I got out of the military, I didn't think I would ever be able to acclimate back to civilian life. Thankfully, my friends at P.E.T. swooped me up and gave me a chance to start over again. Working for P.E.T. has given me something to look forward to everyday. I may just be a volunteer, but I feel like I'm really making a difference. I can't thank them enough for this opportunity.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter obtained her Service Dog just two weeks prior to our move to the Air Force base in the UK. She had waited for this dog for 22 months and now Sophia was trained and ready to meet her new owner. Our daughter struggles with seizures, autistic spectrum disorder and learning disability. She is easily overwhelmed in social situations and becomes very anxious. We had no doubt that Sophia would help change her life. But we had moved thousands of miles away from Sophia's trainers. While our daughter quickly bonded with her dog, she had not developed the confidence needed to handle Sophia to her benefit.

To our great good fortune, Pets Enriching Troops stepped-in. Our need was not to train Sophia; she had been in training since a pup! What we urgently needed was for our daughter to receive help learning how to work with Sophia. PET classes have greatly boosted our daughter's confidence, given her a sense of belonging in a new country, and teach her something specifically practical for her individual needs every week.

The before and after changes for our daughter are difficult to describe in a brief review. Her Service Dog has been a blessing and our daughter's capacity for independence has dramatically increased. The most important point to be made is that without PET support and coaching, our daughter would not be able to take advantage of her Service Dog's advanced training. The gentle, individualized, encouraging instruction by PET Trainers is priceless. My husband and I have no doubt that our daughter will remember her PET friends for the rest of her life. We have no doubt that her PET friends have helped set her on a course with Sophia that will be a joy to follow.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of P.E.T through a friend and I'm so thrilled that I found this wonderful organization. By helping people ship their pets between overseas duty stations, I feel a sense of fulfillment. Knowing that we as an organization helped to keep a family together during one of the most stressesful times that they'll have as a family, is one of the most rewarding feelings!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is amazing. I first encounter P.E.T.s a while back while walking through the bx and I couldn't be happier to have found it. Since I found out about it I have help in events classes and other things that have just made my time with the group the best. I couldn't be happier with my involvement or in what they have accomplished or will in the future.

1 Sydney B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the greatest organization I've ever worked with. I've been with a few different canine rescues and nonprofit groups but PET adds in our military members and families and that brings them above and beyond. This group makes me overflow with pride to just be a small part of!

1 Olivia25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Pets Enriching Troops is he most rewarding volunteer experience I could ask for! Each and every day I have the opportunity to change lives and create smiles, all while enjoying tail wags and wet kisses - thanks to this organization and the opportunities it offers! What more could I want?!

1 Rachel191

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough to describe how great the Pets Enriching Troops Association truly is! My husband and I wanted our 2 puppies to become certified as Therapy Dogs to serve the community by visiting Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Schools, etc. P.E.T. welcomed us in and helped form a bond between me and my boys that I have not experienced before with a pet. We are so thrilled to be a part of the P.E.T. family and to welcome more people in to the organization!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my daughter's Great Dane died almost a year ago (on her birthday) we were all very sad but she was devastated. He was her emotional support pet and she was making arrangements to bring him to the UK with them. She had big plans to make him a therapy dog and take him with her to nursing homes to assist the elderly and the sick.
Then when she and her family moved she discovered the PET program. And even tho her precious Rio couldn't be a therapy dog with her, she is truly enjoying volunteering and taking other dogs to the nursing homes.
Thank you to the PET program for giving my precious daughter some happiness and joy during her sadness.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew I was moving to the UK and was so excited when I came across Pets Enriching Troops. I wanted to get my great dane, who was my emotional support pet, certifed as a therapy dog. I had big plans for him and I as a team. Sadly, he died before I could get him here. He was only 3 years old and died on my birthday. It was a HUGE shock. I have been so incredibly sad and devastated. I moved to the UK with only half my heart. But my dreams of having a therapy dog to take to nursing homes and hospitals didn't die when he did. So in my grief I sought P.E.T. out and became a volunteer. Interacting with P.E.T and seeing the therapy dogs at work has truly made me happy and has brightened my life. P.E.T., I cannot thank you enough for mending my broken little heart.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that offers a wide variety of activities for all pet lovers! My dog and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending the obedience classes offered by PET for several months now. We've learnt lots and had buckets of fun along the way. We've recently joined their PET Me team and are excited to take the next step and become a certified therapy dog team.
The PET team consists of wonderful people committed to offering quality services to their local community. They deserve a 5+ star rating!