Veteran pet adoption
How it works
What to expect, benefits, and program qualifications
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’ pet retailer gift card to help welcome home your new pet
Get the unconditional love of a companion dog or cat
You must have…
1 shelter/rescue partner within 40 driving miles of your home address
Proof of service: who is eligible to apply
Have a minimum of 190 days of military service (basic and active duty training excluded)
Eligible pets: which pets qualify for our program
Your new pet must meet one of the following criteria…
Dog or cat, at least 2 years of age
Dog or cat homeless 6+ months
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)
Can I adopt a pet I found at a non-participating shelter/rescue?
Can I get a service dog through Pets for Patriots?
No. Pets for Patriots is exclusively for the adoption of companion pets. We are not involved with the acquisition, training, or funding of of service animals. If you need a service animal please visit our resoures page for a list of organizations that may be able to assist you.
A dog I’m interested to adopt will likely grow to be at least 40 pounds; does he qualify?
A dog must be 40 pounds or more at the time of adoption, if not already at least two years old, or with a documented special need, or homeless for at least six months. Learn more about pet eligibility here.
I’m already adopted a pet through Pets for Patriots; can I adopt another?
Each program-eligible pet would receive all Pets for Patriots benefits. Learn more about pet eligibilityhere.
Can I qualify with a discharge characterized as general or under honorable conditions?
I’m an older veteran; am I eligible to apply?
I live outside of your program area; can I still adopt a pet?
Individuals who live marginally outside of this requirement should fill out our pre-qualification application. It will be rejected and automatically reviewed by our staff. All such situations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with reasonable accommodations for individuals living in rural areas.
Please DO NOT or complete our contact form to request a location exception.
I was approved by Pets for Patriots and have since moved out of your program area. Can I still adopt a pet?
My adopted dog needs some basic training; will Pets for Patriots help pay for this?