VA, Humane Society Partner to Help Veterans

In the latest victory for the Humane Society of the United States, the Veterans Affairs Department has partnered to help war veterans by pairing them with homeless pets and encouraging them to volunteer at local shelters.

“There are many benefits to pet ownership both for Veterans in need of companionship and for animals in need of good homes,” said VA 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,” he added.

The Humane Society has been working with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to build a partnership with VA and the new announcement showed how fast a deal can occur when there are few stumbling blocks.

“The partnership between animal welfare groups and VA is an important program for our Veterans and for homeless animals,” said HSUS President Wayne 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,” he added.

The group is also working with the Interior Department on animal issues and was influential in President Trump’s reversal of a plan to let big game hunters bring their trophies back home from countries like Africa.

The VA-HSUS deal is to “encourage Veterans to consider pet ownership and volunteer opportunities with community organizations, including local animal shelters and humane societies in an effort to pair Veterans with rescued animals,” according to a release.

Source: Washington Examiner article from December 6, 2017