Last year Common Sense for Animals (CSA) rescued hundreds of animals through our rescue partnerships locally and those in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. We were able to place these animals in loving homes, safe from the danger of euthanasia, but there is work to be done. Three to five million pets will die in high-kill shelters this year. CSA is stepping up its rescue efforts by offering an adoption program matching rescued dogs and cats with deserving veterans to thank them with a token of our gratitude for their personal sacrifice in serving our country. We are calling the program “Paws n Patriots” and we hope to raise $40,000 to help place hundreds of healthy, loving companions with local Home Town Heroes. Reaching our goal would be a significant increase over our rescue and adoption efforts last year. CSA sees the need for this program because there are over 35,000 veterans living within 20 miles of our shelter, and 5,800 of these vets are over 65, and perhaps in need of a companion. CSA has been visiting local area nursing homes for nearly 20 years, and offers certification for pets, which could be an important component of the “Paws n Patriots” placements for aged vets.