When Duty Calls, PACT Offers Pets A Temporary Home Away From Home

Christina Peden
by Christina Peden
We give four paws up to this amazing initiative! PACT for Animals helps pet parents deal with unexpected separations and gives them a loving foster home in the meantime.

Every year, thousands of pets are surrendered to animal shelters when their owners have to go on military leave or experience things like unexpected long-term hospital stays. In many cases, there just isn’t a friend or family member who can step in and look after their furry friend in the meantime. That’s where PACT for Animals comes in.

The Pennsylvania-based non-profit matches pets in need (many of whom would otherwise sadly and needlessly end up in a shelter) with loving foster families who pledge to take care of them until their owner can return home. Not only that, but they provide this service for free!

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We can only imagine how awful it would feel to give up a beloved pet because we decided to serve our country overseas, or developed an unexpected illness and had to be hospitalized, leaving no one to care for our best furry friend. PACT is making sure that pet parents never have to be faced with such a terrible dilemma – instead, they have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their pooch or kitty is basking in the love of a foster family.

Foster families are also always in contact with pet owners to provide regular updates including photos, messages and videos, which would certainly be comforting and would also be sure to bring a smile the owner’s face, no matter what their situation. (Because, really – who gets tired of looking at silly, adorable pics of their pet?!)

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Because it’s a charity, PACT is always looking for help, in the form of both finances and volunteers. If you’re interested in fostering a PACT pet, or helping out in another way, check out PACT’s Opportunities to Help page.

And if you have a friend or family member who could use PACT’s help in temporarily looking after their pet, you can send the Foster Animal Application their way.

One thing is definitely for sure: we wish PACT for Animals many, many years of success to come.

Christina Peden
Christina Peden

Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.

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