Eligible pets

What is an eligible pet adoption?

We give the most overlooked dogs and cats their best chance at a second chance.

A majority of these animals face death or chronic homelessness. Even those in a “no kill” facility can languish for months – or years – without a home or family of their own. An animal’s prospects for adoption diminish with every day spent in an animal shelter.

Have questions? Check our FAQ for answers.


Pets eligible for adoption in our program must meet only ONE of the following criteria:

Dog or cat, at least 2 years of age

 Dog or cat with special needs*

 Dog or cat homeless 6 months+

Dog 40+ pounds at adoption

Veterans must be approved by Pets for Patriots prior to pet adoption, and must adopt a pet meeting ONE of the above criteria from any of our program partners

*Special needs: birth defect, disability, or chronic medical condition, any of which must require lifelong care. Not sure if a pet qualifies? Ask us before you adopt!