I am a Veteran. How do I apply for a pet?
Thank you for your interest in adopting a skilled animal companion! Our program is open to any U.S. Veteran who lives in one of our chapter areas, is capable of caring for a pet and who could benefit from having a pet. To get started, just click here to fill out the application.
Is Pets for Vets available in my area?
To check for a chapter near you, click here to see a map of our locations. If there is no chapter in your area currently, we invite you to check back regularly. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, we are expanding all of the time.
How soon will Pets for Vets come to my area?
Pets for Vets supports Veterans in several states and we would love to serve even more. However, we are unable to predict where and when a new chapter will open. Chapters are run entirely by volunteers and each chapter needs a director to coordinate the necessary activities. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about what is involved in opening and running a chapter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do you match Veterans with skilled animal companions instead of service dogs? What is the difference?
Service dogs are working animals trained to perform specific tasks for their handlers. A skilled animal companion is a pet that provides unconditional love, comfort and support to its owner. While there is a need for both, Pets for Vets focuses on matching rescued pets with Veterans based on their needs, personality and lifestyle. Although we most commonly place dogs, we have also matched Veterans with cats and even rabbits! Once a match has been made using our unique Super Bond™ approach, we work one-on-one with the animal to teach them basic skills and manners required to fit seamlessly into the Veteran’s life.
If you are interested in a service dog rather than a companion animal, we would suggest you contact one of the following organizations:
Can you train my dog to be a service dog?
Pets for Vets provides training only to the animal companions we have specifically selected for the Veterans in our program. However, if you are interested in training your pet to be a service dog, we suggest you start with a basic obedience and manners class led by a positive reinforcement trainer. Ask around for recommendations or check with Petco and PetSmart, which both have group training classes.
In addition, you may find these books helpful:
Parenting Your Dog – Develop Dog-Rearing Skills For A Well-Trained Companion by Trish King, PBK
Item ID: DTB795
Dog Friendly Dog Training, 2nd Edition by Andrea Arden, HBK
Item ID: DTB647
Find additional suggestions by clicking here for the Pets for Vets reading list.
I know a wonderful dog who would be a great companion animal and needs a home. Can you accept him into your program?
Thank you for thinking of Pets for Vets. Unfortunately, we do not have a facility to board dogs awaiting adoption. Instead, we visit rescues and shelters to find a specific pet for a Veteran, depending on his/her needs.
If the dog has a predominant “breed,” we suggest contacting that breed’s rescue group(s). Rescue groups have an excellent foster network and do a great job with rehoming deserving pets. Another option would be to check with the Voluntary Services Department at a VA hospital to see if they have any Veterans looking for a companion pet. People who have written to us have also had success with posting flyers at local pet stores, veterinarian offices or grocery stores with community bulletin boards.
Do you need volunteers? How do I sign up?
At Pets for Vets, we couldn’t do what we do without the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities including chapter director, professional dog trainer, foster mom/dad, fundraiser, social media guru and more! Please let us know more about you and your interests by filling out a volunteer application.
How can I donate to Pets for Vets?
Thank you for considering a donation to Pets for Vets. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations to provide each Veteran-pet match with everything they need to start their new life together. To make a donation, click here.
How can I become a sponsor?
Pets for Vets has many kinds of sponsorship opportunities available for companies who want to give back to our nation’s Veterans. Some companies donate a percentage of their sales, some make a cash donation on a regular basis and some partner with us to provide supplies for the Veteran’s Welcome Package. We are also open to new ideas! Please contact email@example.com to learn more.
I would like to wear a Pets for Vets t-shirt. Where can I buy one?
Thank you for your interest in our Pets for Vets merchandise! Proceeds from each sale help further our mission. Check out our entire selection of t-shirts, hats, coffee mugs and more by clicking here.
I still have questions. How can I contact you?
We’d love to hear from you! To get in touch, please fill out our contact form and we’ll get back with you as soon as possible.