Veterans PetReach was founded to serve Finger Lakes Region veterans as well as assist local shelters and rescue organizations with placement of adoptable animals. Our mission is to match shelter or rescue animals with a military veteran who may benefit from pet companionship. We have recently expanded our services to include support for our Nation’s veterans and collaboration with local shelter and rescue organizations in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Before our incorporation, although several like organizations existed across the country, none served the veterans of Upstate New York, despite the proven benefits of pet companionship. Now with operations in Florida, we hope to reach even more of the men and women who have served our country. In close association with local veterans organizations in both of our locations, we hope to identify those men and women who have served in the military, who can benefit most from the presence of a companion animal. Based on the needs and desires of the former service member, the volunteers of Veterans PetReach will select that companion animal. We also provide a foster home for the veteran’s new pet, allowing further observation of the animal’s temperament and developing a solid training base for its new owner to build upon. Through your support Veterans PetReach will provide for animal selection, care and training and for integration into the animal’s new home. Incorporated in 2010, Veterans PetReach is a 501 C 3 organization. The founders combine years of experience in animal training, health-care, community support, veterans assistance and pet assisted therapy. We remain committed to serving veterans in the Finger Lakes region and saving the lives of shelter and rescue animals.