Adopting a pet: process and requirements


What to expect, benefits, and program qualifications

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Veteran benefits: what to expect

When you join Pets for Patriots, you…

  • Receive discounts or other specials when you adopt from our shelter partners
  • Save on your new pet’s ongoing medical care with discounted fees from our veterinary partners
  • Enjoy member-only savings on everyday supplies, pet insurance, food and more
  • Receive a $150 ‘welcome home’ gift card to help start life with your new pet
  • Get the unconditional love of a companion dog or cat


Program availability: see if Pets for Patriots is in your community

You must have…

  • 1 shelter/rescue partner within 40 driving miles of your home address


Proof of service: who is eligible to apply

Applicants must…

  • Have a minimum of 190 days of military service (basic and active duty training excluded)
  • Provide proof of service in the form of one of these accepted documents.
  • If separated, character of service must be honorable


Eligible pets: which pets qualify for adoption and benefits of our program

Your new pet must meet one of the following criteria…

  • Be adopted from our shelter network
  • 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
  • You must be approved by Pets for Patriots prior to adoption (exceptions for weekend and federal holiday adoptions)


Application process: how to get started

Pets for Patriots accepts applications online 24/7…

  • Complete our pre-qual application (takes less than 5 minutes)
  • If you do not pre-qualify we’ll send you an email explaining why
  • If you pre-qualify we’ll send you an email with a unique link to your online application
  • Once you submit your application we’ll email you requests for your documentation
  • If you are not approved or if we have questions about your documents we’ll follow up by email
  • If you are approved we’ll send you an approval email with instructions on how to adopt your new best friend