Vets & Pets Program

About Us

Vets and Pets offers services that will allow veterans to receive the medical treatment needed without the stress of worrying about your beloved four-legged friends. 

Program Description

We line up reputable pet sitters, veterinary services and boarding facilities that will offer quality care for your dog free of charge or at a discounted rater in the vent that you need to be hospitalize for a short-term stay (two week maximum).

Who Qualifies

Any veteran in our catchment area (Amesbury, Newburyport, Merrimac, Salisbury and West Newbury) who has received a General or Honorable Discharge. 



Frequently Asked Questions


What if my dog isn't vaccinated?

We can help with that! We have partnered with Amesbury Animal Hospital who can get your pet up to date on vaccines for no cost to you. 

What happens if I need help caring for my dog after I am discharged from my treatment?

Currently we have no plan for post treatment care but don't hesitate to ask, we may be able to help.

Do you help with other types of pets?

We are not currently set up to do so, but again, please reach out and we will see what we can do on a case by case basis. 

What is I need care for longer than two weeks?

Please reach out to us. Currently the program is designed for short-term care, but we still may be able to help. In the event your hospital stay I s longer than anticipated we will work with our partners to ensure your dog is well cared for. 

What if I did not receive an honorable or general discharge but still need help caring for my dog.

We will assess your situation on a case by case basis and may still be able to help. 


Our Partners



Spence Shepard, of Make No Bones Dog Training

Leslie Burnham, of Periwinkle Pet Sitting

Kathy Durin, of Bed and Biscuit

Amesbury Animal Hospital, PC

How to Apply



Mission Statement

The mission of the SGT Jordan M. Shay Memorial Foundation is to honor Jordan's big-hearted last wish of supporting Amesbury School students and Veterans in the Amesbury area through scholarships and creative projects. 

Board of Directors

President: Holly Shay

Vice President: Kelsey Chandonnet Mahoney

Secretary: Joanne Melanson

Treasurer: Sue Deorocki

Board Members: Jackie Deorocki, Kristen LucierJim Nolan, Dawn Palmer, Carey Shockey, Deb Smith, Jim Shay

Advisory Board: Cathy Toomey, Laurie Knapp