Cleveland, OH

Pets For Vets Cleveland

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We enrich the lives of Veterans by creating a Super Bond® with custom trained working animals.

Cleveland Chapter is a
Nonprofit Organization

+ We serve the Greater Cleveland area.

About Our Chapter

This is the official site of the Cleveland, Ohio Chapter of Pets for Vets.

Chapter Director Laura J. Evans

Laura J. Evans CPDT-KA, is the owner of North Coast Dogs, a Cleveland training company that has been helping owners and their companions since 2001. Laura also enjoys volunteering as a dog walker and foster for the Cleveland Animal Protective League, as well as with horse rescues as time allows. She is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Laura is dedicated to enhancing her knowledge of dog behavior and training and does so by attending educational seminars as well as through her work with area rescues. She is excited to be a part of Pets for Vets. At home, she enjoys the company of three rescue pups as well as a rescue cat: two are fosters that came to stay.

Matches From Cleveland
OH Chapter

Bob and Roxy

Our latest match is for a Veteran who served in both the army and air force in the 1960's! Bob and his wife Esther lost their dog a little over a year ago and t...

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John and Dexter

John is an Army Veteran who served our country from 1973 to 1976. He was stationed in Korea and then in Texas. He reached out to us to see if we might be able t...

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Lee and Lucy

This match was made on January 24, 2020 between Army Sgt Lee, who served our country in active combat in Afganistan. Lee and his wife have 2 children who were a...

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Steve and Toby

Stephen, a Navy Veteran who served our country for 2 years in 1992 -93, came to us with the hope of finding a loving dog to be his companion. His wife, Debbie, ...

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How shelter dogs are helping U.S. veterans battle PTSD

May 4, 2016
Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric explores a new way of treating veterans with PTSD using shelter dogs.

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Pets for Vets: Pairing Veterans and Rescue Pets for one Amazing Bond
This Veterans Day, we recognize one organization that does incredible work by bringing veterans and rescue pets together. Pets for Vets has grown to include over 30 chapters across the US and continues to grow. Here is our Q&A with the Founder of Pets for Vets, Clarissa Black.
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Help Us Change Lives, Be A Foster

Will You Provide A Temporary Foster Home For A Dog That Will Help A Veteran?

Pets for Vets provides a second chance to shelter dogs by rescuing, training, and matching them with US Servicemen and women who need a companion pet.

What is the time commitment?
6 – 8 weeks

What am I expected to do during that short period?

  • Provide a home while the Trainer trains the dog for a Veteran
  • Help the dog prepare for placement as a companion while our Trainer is training it
  • Reinforce the Trainer’s training;
    socialization, crate training, walking,
    and playtime

Will I receive any assistance during this time?
Pets for Vets personnel are on call 24/7 to support you

May I have my own dog already?
Yes. All pets in the household must be spayed/neutered and current on core vaccines

What are my expenses?
There is no cost to you and a Stipend will be offered for your time and assistance

What type of dog will I be fostering?
A 2-5 year old dog from a shelter/rescue that is sprayed, neutered and up to date on vaccinations

What makes a good foster?

  • A compassionate, loving and stable environment
  • A fenced yard and/or appropriate exercise area
  • An individual capable of following through with the Trainer’s protocol

Will the dog be allowed in a crate?
Yes, in accordance with the Trainer’s instructions


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