Local pet rescue takes action to help veteran dog owners – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — A local nonprofit pet rescue is working to help veterans who own pets and need help transporting their companions.

Rick Roper, president of Maverick Pet Transportation and Rescue, has been volunteering with a team of helpers for three years. When veterans are admitted to hospital or find themselves in other unfortunate circumstances, some do not have family or others to care for their pets while they are away.

So Roper steps in. He spoke at a symposium at the Department of Veterans Affairs when the program was first offered, sharing that Maverick’s services are available to veterans who need care for their pets.

“If we have the funding, we can board the dog,” he explained. “We get them vaccinated and update their vaccines.

He said that so far six dogs have gone through the rescue program.

Even if the animal is difficult to retrieve from a home, a volunteer from the nonprofit transportation agency can visit a veteran’s home while they are out to provide food and water to an animal that does not feel comfortable being removed. The program’s flexibility ensured pets loyal to their veteran owners were cared for, even if they couldn’t go to a boarding center.

Roper also said the organization is considering including veteran IDs in microchipped dog profiles. Some veterans do not have identification documents to identify their status.

“Sometimes when animal control gets calls to come to these homes, they don’t get told ‘he’s a veteran,’ so sometimes they have no idea,” he said. “A lot of veterans use these dogs to recover and get out of the house. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, veterans need help. They’ve been through enough…I’m not here to take the dogs from the veterans, we are here to give them the help they need.

“The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them some food,'” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

You can visit maverickpet.org or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.

“The long-term idea is to go through the VA and get on the veterans mailing list that ‘hey, keep your pets up to date, we can help you get them vaccinated or give them food. ‘” Roper said. “It’s just a starting point.”

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