Shelter partner: process and requirements


What to expect, benefits, and program qualifications

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Shelter Partner: Process & requirements

Hope and a home for the most overlooked dogs and cats

Pets for Patriots is an innovative channel to help you place your most adoption-challenged dogs and cats with military veterans. The unconditional love of a companion pet is a wonderful way to thank veterans for serving while saving animals’ lives.

Our program is open to shelters, rescues, SPCAs, humane societies, and municipal animal controls. We offer a free, demonstrably successful program that is easy to administer and that your staff, volunteers, and donors will love.

Download and share our shelter partner program overview.


Benefits: loving homes for dogs and cats

When you join you:

  • Adopt more hard-to-place pets since our program focuses solely on the most overlooked dogs and cats in your care
  • Get adoption referrals of veterans looking for a companion pet
  • Receive free print and digital tools to promote our partnership in your shelter and community
  • Have a program that is easy to use and that your staff, volunteers, and donors will love
  • Access a demonstrably successful turnkey program to support veterans in your community with the love of a companion pet
  • Get this and more – for free  


Eligible pets: the most overlooked dogs and cats

Veterans in our program must adopt a pet who is…

  • Dog or cat, at least 2 years of age, OR
  • Dog or cat with special needs, OR
  • Dog or cat homeless 6+ months, OR
  • Dog 40+ pounds at adoption


Eligibility requirements: essential needs of our program

To join, you must…

  • Operate as a 501(c)(3) or municipal tax-exempt organization for a minimum of one year; organizations in fiscal sponsorship are not eligible
  • Have up-to-date financials on Guidestar; 990-EZ or 990 (501(c)(3) organizations only)
  • List current governance and day-to-day management/operational information on Guidestar and/or organization website (501(c)(3) organizations only)
  • Offer a member patriot special – gratitude for service for veterans in our program


Application process: how to get started

Apply to become a shelter/rescue partner…

  • Complete our online application request (takes less than 5 minutes)
  • If we are unable to advance your application we’ll send you an email explaining why
  • If we advance your application we’ll email you requests for your eligibility documents
  • Once you are approved we’ll send you a series of emails to get you started, including access to our members-only shelter partner welcome kit