Veteran’s Day gives Americans the opportunity each year to collectively show appreciation for the sacrifices made by soldiers and veterans. One company, however, has built a business based on honoring soldiers all through the year.
NetPets, a nonprofit based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, services military households by ensuring that someone is available to care for soldiers’ pets when the troops are deployed.
Since 2001, NetPets has arranged foster homes for 12,000 military pets and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as their unofficial pet assistance provider, Zootoo.com reports.
"There are organizations that are supporting troops in lots of different ways, taking care of the wounded and supporting children of soldiers," Linda Spurlin-Dominik, the director of a pet foster organization in Arkansas, told the news source. "But we are making sure that the pets aren’t forgotten about either."
NetPets has found foster parents that provide pet care to military dogs, cats, hermit crabs and pigs for up to 16 months in all 50 states, in addition to South Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain.
According to the U.S. Humane Society, there are approximately 88.3 million owned cats and 74.8 million owned dogs in the country.