Veterans and Their Pets - Bike Tour

$3,755 of $12.5k goal

Raised by 68 people in 25 months
Michael West
for Valley Dogs Inc
 PHOENIX, AZ

My name is Harold Palmquist.  For the past few months I have been homeless.  During this time, as a USAF Veteran, I received assistance from Veterans and Their Pets www.vetsandtheirpets.org to foster my dog Daisy while I moved into CASS (a homeless shelter for Veterans).

Two weeks into my stay at CASS, my father fell ill with kidney cancer.  I packed up, and with the transportation arranged by Veterans and Their Pets, made my way back to California with Daisy to be by my father’s side.  He passed away with all of his family at his side.


My homeless status has proved a blessing in disguise, as now I will "return the favor" and bicycle across America for Veterans and Their Pets www.vetsandtheirpets.org  and myself.  My mission is to spread the word to local shelters, rescues and Veterans organizations along the way of the issues facing Veterans with pets. Many Veterans stay in harm’s way, fail to seek medical assistance and remain homeless because of the lack of support for their pet while they seek assistance.

The US Government goal of no more homeless Veterans is commendable but, the Government efforts have failed to consider how Veterans with their only love, their pet, would be able to engage the support systems being put in place.  They cannot because their pet is not welcome in the programs unless they are a service animal. This is where Veterans and Their Pets provide support. Caring for the Veterans pet while the Veteran gets the care they need.

On my ride I am seeking corporate and private sponsorship for Vets and Their Pets and to raise public awareness for this wonderful organization.   Please join me in supporting an organization that saved Daisy and me from the streets and gave me a purpose.  Please donate today.

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Update 1
Posted by Michael West
14 months ago
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Thank you all for supporting Harold and Daisy on their trip. The tornado's missed them and now they are helping the locals in Alabama.

We cannot thank you enough for supporting Veterans and Their Pets.
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Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

I don't know how to respond to each and every one of your contributions; I can only check in and give a group thanks when I am in a WiFi area. So for those of you that have been kind enough to donate between my check-in's....Thank you for making my trip worthwhile! My job is easy, ride, and share my story of how Veterans and Their Pets has helped me and others. From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of VaTP's, thank you for helping us help Veterans and their pets!!!!!!!

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Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my continued success. Thank you also for your contribution to help Vets and Their Pets help Veterans who are in need as well as their pets. It warms my heart to learn of those that care; you and those others I meet along the way. Just an update, for those of you that are unable to follow on the Facebook group, Tour De PACLANTIC, or Twitter, @TourDePACLANTIC; Daisy and I are in St. Charles Missouri, in TownePlace Suites by Mariott for two nights. An anonymous gift to Daisy and me. I am of course taking advantage of this break to get caught up with sending out thanks, to all of you and others that I have met along the way. Please feel free to join us at Tour De PACLANTIC on Facebook. It is the least I can do, to share with all of you, our journey in the form of photos of the places and people that we meet along the way! Please enjoy with us, our memories as we make them!

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Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your support, warm wishes, and monetary support. From myself and Daisy, and on behalf of Vets And Their Pets, veterans, and their pets, thank you very much! Thank you to all the media outlets that share our story, past, present, and future, with their subscribers and viewers. It is humbling to know that what little I have to offer has generated so much interest. Thank y'all very much! If any of you would care to keep in touch, share ideas, or express a landmark that I should put on our route as we cross this great land of ours, feel free to do so at Facebook group Tour De PACLANTIC, or Twitter, @TourDePACLANTIC. Follow our journey on Facebook Tour De PACLANTIC, it is where I post photos and comments of our travels for all of you to enjoy.

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$3,755 of $12.5k goal

Raised by 68 people in 25 months
Created April 2, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
Valley Dogs Inc
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Scottsdale, AZ
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$25
Anonymous
8 days ago
JK
$20
Joanne Kakuda
12 days ago
$20
Lenka Kremsa
12 days ago

Best of luck❣️

LO
$20
Leah Olszewski
12 days ago

This is an awesome effort. It makes a huge difference. Thank you.

GM
$100
Gail Moore
12 days ago

Aim High and safe travels.....thank you!!!

RK
$25
Reggan Koopmeiners
12 days ago

God Bless!

$20
Anonymous
7 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Anonymous
9 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Anonymous
10 months ago (Monthly Donation)
DW
$50
Daniel Wiessner
10 months ago

Go Fred and Daisy!

Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

I don't know how to respond to each and every one of your contributions; I can only check in and give a group thanks when I am in a WiFi area. So for those of you that have been kind enough to donate between my check-in's....Thank you for making my trip worthwhile! My job is easy, ride, and share my story of how Veterans and Their Pets has helped me and others. From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of VaTP's, thank you for helping us help Veterans and their pets!!!!!!!

+ Read More
Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for my continued success. Thank you also for your contribution to help Vets and Their Pets help Veterans who are in need as well as their pets. It warms my heart to learn of those that care; you and those others I meet along the way. Just an update, for those of you that are unable to follow on the Facebook group, Tour De PACLANTIC, or Twitter, @TourDePACLANTIC; Daisy and I are in St. Charles Missouri, in TownePlace Suites by Mariott for two nights. An anonymous gift to Daisy and me. I am of course taking advantage of this break to get caught up with sending out thanks, to all of you and others that I have met along the way. Please feel free to join us at Tour De PACLANTIC on Facebook. It is the least I can do, to share with all of you, our journey in the form of photos of the places and people that we meet along the way! Please enjoy with us, our memories as we make them!

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Fred Palmquist
18 months ago

I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your support, warm wishes, and monetary support. From myself and Daisy, and on behalf of Vets And Their Pets, veterans, and their pets, thank you very much! Thank you to all the media outlets that share our story, past, present, and future, with their subscribers and viewers. It is humbling to know that what little I have to offer has generated so much interest. Thank y'all very much! If any of you would care to keep in touch, share ideas, or express a landmark that I should put on our route as we cross this great land of ours, feel free to do so at Facebook group Tour De PACLANTIC, or Twitter, @TourDePACLANTIC. Follow our journey on Facebook Tour De PACLANTIC, it is where I post photos and comments of our travels for all of you to enjoy.

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