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In Memory of Mel Hughes

Melvin Hughes was a veteran of the United States Army, who served with the 193rd infantry brigade and later became an Army Ranger with Company A (Airborne) 3rd Battalion, 5th Infantry. After four years of service, Mel returned to civilian life, where he was an exceptional family man, who loved his dogs. 

After four years of service, Mel returned to civilian life, where he was an exceptional family man, who loved his dogs.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was involved in helping the parish community with maintenance as well as many fundraisers.  He never hesitated to help anyone in need, even a stranger.

Melvin passed away on 05-28-08 from a long battle with a blood-borne virus.  Every year since his passing, his loved ones host a party in his memory and raise money for organizations in the Kansas City area.  This past year, the memorial party was held on September 3rd at the Dotte Spot Bar and Grill and $2,950 was raised for Pets for Vets-KC in Mel's honor (BNSF Foundation matched a donation of $1,250)!  

On behalf of our Board of Directors and our volunteers, a heart felt thank you to the Hughes family for choosing Pets for Vets-Kansas City as this year's organization.  In memory of Mel, a veteran-pet match will be made in his honor.

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PFV-KC Petco Foundation Grant Recipient 

We are thrilled to announce that Pets for Vets-Kansas City is honored to receive a $5,000 grant to help extend our efforts and serve the Petco Foundation's mission to raise the quality of life for pets and veterans who love and need them. Thank you, ‪#‎PetcoFoundation‬!!!

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Bond: A Soldier and his Dog

We'd like to thank KC Fringe, Logan Black and of course, Diego for allowing us to be part of such an amazing production! Bond isn't just another play but a true story about experiences in Iraq between himself as a handler and his dog, Diego.  Proceeds from the event went to a few organizations and Pets for Vets-Kansas City had been chosen as one.


Metro Non-Profit strives to connect veterans with adopted pets

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Sometimes, a friend is needed to help people survive life's struggles. A new group in the metro aims to assist veterans find companionship, pairing people with adopted pets. 

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Pets for Vets-KC featured in Lee Summit Journal

Pets for Vets-Kansas City was featured in this month's issue of the Lee's Summit Journal shining light on Co-Directors, Aaron and Avery Shahandeh and how they worked together to launch the first chapter in Kansas City! Click the link below to read about!


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