Pets for Patriots gets many requests that are beyond the scope of our mission, and offer the following resources for your information and convenience. Listing does not equal endorsement.
Rehoming or adopting out a pet
We are not a shelter or rescue, and are unable to accept donated animals under any circumstances. If you must re-home or otherwise adopt out a pet, please refer to this article.
Pets for Patriots helps veterans adopt companion pets only. If you both need and qualify for a service animal:
- Freedom Service Dogs
- Canine Companions for Independence
- America’s Vet Dogs
- 4 Paws for Ability
- Canine Assistants
- Patriot Paws
- Dogs for the Disabled
- Guide Dogs of America
- ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities)
- Guide Dogs for the Blind
- The Seeing Eye
- Guide Dog Foundation
- Canines for Service
Visit Assistance Dogs International to search for ADI certified and ADI candidate programs that meet specific minimum criteria for quality training standards. Additional information about service/assistance animals:
- Difference between various assistance animals and companion pets
- Service dog tasks for psychiatric disabilities (including PTSD)
- General information about service dogs and Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are companion pets that are prescribed by a mental health professional to alleviate the symptoms of an individual’s disability. They are not trained service animals; however, they do have limited access rights in housing.
Effective January 1, 2021, airlines are no longer required to extend the same privileges to ESAs that are given to service animals. ESAs will be treated as pets, and will be subject to each airline’s pet travel requirements and fees.
Veterans with a letter from their treating mental health professional for an ESA may adopt through Pets for Patriots.
- About Emotional Support Animals and housing
- Emotional Support Animals and housing, including sample letter from tenant requesting reasonable accommodation for an ESA and sample letter from mental health professional confirming individual is disabled in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law article: Right to Emotional Support Animal in “No Pet” Housing
If you are a veteran, veteran family member or caregiver in crisis, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line 24/7 for free, confidential assistance. Toll-free: 800-273-8255, Press 1.
Financial help with veterinary bills
Pets for Patriots operates a small veterinary fund exclusively for pets adopted by veterans in our program who experience a medical emergency or require extraordinary care; we are unable to fulfill requests from the general public.
Click here for a list of organizations that help individuals with extraordinary veterinary expenses.
Affordable pet wellness care
- VIP Petcare provides a range of affordable pet wellness services through Community Clinics and Wellness Centers hosted at local pet stores, as well as mobile services for animal shelters. The organization offers veterans in our program $10 off their entire bill for every visit.
- Banfield Pet Hospitals offer all veterans 5% off most products and services; some restrictions apply.
Pet foster care for deploying military or veterans in hardship
In addition to providing support to military personnel who deploy, these organizations are available to assist in hardship cases – such as homelessness, hospitalization or emergency – that render veterans temporarily unable to care for their pets. We refer proudly to these nationally operating organizations:
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Disaster and emergency preparedness
Do not wait for an emergency, natural or man-made disaster to occur before you have a care plan for your pets.
Moving and traveling with pets
- Military One Source has excellent suggestions for military personnel who are moving/relocating with their pets.
- PetsWelcome is a searchable database of pet friendly lodging, vacation spots, pet day care and other pet-oriented travel advice.
- PCS and your pet
Pet sitting and dog walking
- Pet Sitters International offers a range of resources and services, whether you want to become a professional pet sitter or if you need one.
- Rover offers a nationwide network of pet sitters and dog walkers, including house-sitting and dog day care.
If you are moving due to PCS, relocation, or other life circumstance you want to ensure that your pet is moved safely as well. There are many agencies and organizations that transport pets, both by air and ground.
Pets for Patriots recommends that you find a pet transport partner that is a member of the International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA). IPATA members are registered with the US Department of Agriculture and abide by applicable laws for both domestic and international pet transport.
Savings for military personnel and families
- MyMilitarySavings.com aggregates discounts available at military commissaries and exchanges.