Animal related


aka PACT for Animals

Gladwyne, PA


PACT for Animals provides loving foster homes for the pets of military service people being deployed overseas and individuals in medical crisis.

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Founder and President

Mr. Melvin 'Buzz' Miller

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PO Box 590

Gladwyne, PA 19035 USA


Philadelphia, Military, Dogs, Cats, Animals, Foster, Hospital, Seniors, Nationwide, Veterans, Emergency





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Foster Care (P32)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Military and Veterans Pet Foster Program

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PACT's overall goal is to preserve the bond between humans and animals and we accomplish this by providing quality, personalized, temporary foster care for companion animals in order to relieve the burden on individuals and families who are facing military deployment or serious illness that results in hospitalization. Ultimately, we would like to see zero companion animals permanently separated from their owners because of a person's temporary inability to provide care for their pet.

- Provide alternatives to pet surrenders during military deployment and family health crisis through executed agreements that protect all parties involved.
- Conduct frequent home visits and communications with foster homes to ensure pets are being cared for in a loving and healthy environment.
- Encourage frequent communication between foster family and pet owner.
- As needed, support foster families by helping with the cost of food, caring, transporting animals.
- Further develop fostering opportunities across the United States in order to support daily calls received from military personnel.
- Develop retirement community foster network to benefit clients, animals and seniors.
- Educate children in our local schools on the issues facing companion animals and how they can help their local animal shelters.

PACT's greatest assets are its people-- volunteer foster families willing to take in companion animals for months or even a year or two while soldiers are deployed or a family health crisis is resolved. The majority of foster families return to PACT after the completion of an assignment and ask for their next involvement. PACT currently has over 200 foster families and continues to attract and recruit additional ones in the Delaware Valley and across the US.

PACT's founder is an experienced networker and has made multiple contacts in the companion/humane animal arena; veteran associations, media; human healthcare and veterinary medicine sectors and other areas that can be helpful in furthering the mission and fundraising efforts of PACT. PACT has developed relationships with several individuals who have supported the operating budget of approximately $300,000 through their privately held foundations. PACT Founder/President does not draw a salary or receive reimbursement for rent or utilities and makes personal donations to further and grow the mission. All of PACT's nine Board members support its mission with financial and in-kind donations (such as discounted veterinary care.)

The numbers of families/animals (also seen in the number of states nationwide that we can reach) we can help is directly related to the number of volunteer foster families secured, an increase in financial donations each year, and ultimately this all stems from further nationwide visibility and recognition.

PACT is a grassroots organization created out of a love for animals and the bond we humans form with them in order to answer the need to provide a targeted and effective animal fostering program. PACT has grown carefully while building on its volume of fostering families and on the personal support of founder “Buzz" Miller. As word spread, more and more service men and women reached out to PACT from across the United States necessitating a more robust and diversified fundraising endeavor which has led to the successful execution of an annual direct mail campaign to numerous Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW's) organizations compelled to donate funds raised from small games of chance. PACT has also increased its efforts to find and secure new grant funders.

Programmatically, PACT increased its relationships with hospitals serving the Delaware Valley in 2013 by working through social service departments to offer PACT services to hospitalized patients in jeopardy of having to surrender their animals to a shelter.

More people need to be aware of PACT and what we do, and as a result, more pet owners and their animals can receive the necessary assistance. Our goal for the future is to have provided our services in every state nationally.

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