When veterans have to go to the hospital, this group comes in to maintain their pets

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tribune News Service) – Pawmetto Lifeline, an organization that advocates foster care for stray animals as an alternative to shelters, has unveiled a new program on Wednesday to help military veterans and their pets.

The program & # 39; Boots for Service & # 39; offers foster care and medical care for veterans of veterans who have to enter the hospital and can not place their furry (or feathered, maybe) friends anywhere.

By cooperating with the US Veterans Administration, the privately funded Pawmetto Lifeline organization supports identified veterans who may have their pet's needs above their own and seek no treatment.

"It was an unknown need in South Carolina," said Pawmetto Lifeline CEO Denise Wilkinson. "The veterinarians do not have a family and their pets are the only love they have in their lives (with the new program), they take care of themselves and they do not have to worry, when they leave the hospital we give them their pet back. "

The program is funded by the Michael J. Mungo Foundation, who will pay for the services on an as needed basis. The foundation honors the deceased founder of Mungo Homes of Columbia.

The program & # 39; Boots for service & # 39; offers:

  • boarding

  • foster homes

  • Train if necessary

  • Medical services, including vaccinations, microchips, castration and castration and basic care.

The program was named after & # 39; Boots & # 39 ;, the English bulldog of South Carolina First Lady Peggy and Gov Henry McMaster who passed away two years ago.

Former advocates of animal rights, the McMasters unveiled the new program at a meeting at the American Legion Post 6 in Columbia. They were accompanied by Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, the adjutant general of the state; Stewart Mungo, a son of Michael J. Mungo who leads the foundation; and the new English bulldog from the McMasters, Little Mac, who celebrated his second birthday.

"If they're in trouble … and they have a dog or a cat, and they have to go to the hospital, what are they going to do?" McMaster said. "That causes more problems, so this is a great, great program, I do not know how many other states do this, but we are."

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