About the Program

We are proud to introduce a new partnership with United Farmer Veterans of Maine, where our organizations will work together to match homeless dogs with Veterans who are looking for a canine companion.

Funded through the generosity of the John Wikalis Trust, Pets 4 Farmer Vets encourages Veterans to connect with Jerry Ireland, the Executive Director of United Farmer Veterans of Maine, to begin the process of finding a dog. Jerry will pre-screen and set up adopters for the program, and send that adopter information to the Bangor Humane Society. At BHS we will look for a dog that matches the Veteran, in hopes of finding the perfect match and completing an adoption.

All adoptions through the Pets to Farmer Vets programs are 100% fee waived, and each veteran will recieve a voucher good for up to 6-weeks of private one-on-one training with behavior trainer Jason Howe of Carden Kennels (more trainers may be added at a later date). As always, all dogs adopted from the Bangor Humane Society are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, given various treatments including flea/tick, and are given a head to tail exam.

Are You An Interested Veteran?

We would love to have you join the program! Please get in touch with Jerry Ireland at:
Jerry Ireland, Executive Director
United Farmer Veterans of Maine
361 Nickerson Rd
Swanville, Maine 04915
(207) 322-7625

United Farmer Veterans of Maine Mission Statement

United Farmer Veterans of Maine is a veteran non-profit committed to helping veterans achieve success in agriculture through educational resources, lobbying for veteran issues, hosting and participating in various community events and outreach opportunities that help veterans as a whole, all while encouraging and developing all veteran driven agri-business development, and all forms of agriculture including forestry and fishing.

Education is our first priority in developing agriculture in Maine, and practical, hands-on training will be a big part in helping our veterans succeed.

We will place a priority on giving Maine veterans a HAND-UP instead of a HAND-OUT, to better insure lifelong success of each Maine veteran in their agricultural goals and dreams. Developing life-long partnerships to ensure the best mental health and well-being of all our veterans is a very important priority as well.

UFV will strive to build a veteran centric agriculture community in Maine that will become a strong example of how farming and business can work together to strengthen Maine’s economics and local community. Always supporting veteran products and services first, but when necessary supporting Maine made products and services before any other state or country.