Pets for Vets has made more than 300 successful matches all over the country using the Super Bond® approach. Specifically tailored to each individual, this step-by-step process creates the best possible match and ensures the animal and Veteran fit seamlessly into each other’s lives from the very start.
Step One: Getting to Know the Veteran
By spending time talking with the Veteran, we learn about his or her personality, needs, wants, expectations and lifestyle. This input helps guide us toward the right animal for his/her situation.
Step Two: Getting to Know the Animal
After we interview the Veteran, we begin “interviewing” animals. Think of it like a matchmaking service; the pet’s side of the match is just as important as the human’s. Using our specifically designed Pets for Vets Skilled Social Companion Evaluation, we “ask” the pet about himself and his needs. His answers are used to build a temperament composite that we compare to the Veteran’s. If it’s not a match, we keep looking. If it is, we begin the next step.
Step Three: Training
If the matched animal is a dog, he or she is trained for his or her specific Veteran using a positive reinforcement training philosophy. Developed by Pets for Vets founder Clarissa Black, this approach encourages the human and the animal to work together in a mutually beneficial way based on trust and respect instead of force. This philosophy is also taught to each Veteran in preparation for his or her new companion.
Step Four: The Match
Finally, the day arrives to bring the Veteran and the pet together. Because of the careful work preparing them both for this day, they already seem to “know” each other. The moment is typically calm, comforting and reminiscent of two old friends meeting each other again.