Year in review



2021 was another challenging year. But thanks to our supporters we made life better for hundreds of veterans and shelter pets.



253 dogs + 49 cats = 302 veteran-pet adoptions

The pandemic continues to disrupt operations in animal welfare organizations. We adapted. In 2020 we implemented procedures to work around these challenges and continued to refine them in 2021. Our nimble response to these unprecedented events allows us to connect as many people and pets as possible. While external factors are beyond our control, we never waiver in our commitment to uplift the lives of veterans and companion pets.



619+ partners nationwide

During 2021 we streamlined our partner network to focus on those most dedicated to working together. In 2022 and beyond we will continue to ensure that our network is comprised of the most committed animal health and welfare partners. While our shelter network is on the front lines of adoptions, our veterinary partners ensure that pets adopted through our program receive quality, affordable medical care for life.


IN 2021:

14 shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, rescues, and municipal animal controls
10 full-service veterinary practices


Hero fund

14 pets received quality-of life, life extending, and palliative care through our hero fund

T’Challa was 10 years old when he was adopted in 2020 to a Marine Corps veteran. Now 11, he developed pain in his joints that compromised his quality of life.

Thanks to our hero fund donors, we paid for T’Challa’s diagnostics and injections. Now he’s as spry as the day he was adopted!

In 2012 Cinnamon got a second chance at life with an elderly Army veteran, who in time was unable to provide for some of her basic care.

Cinnamon receives checkups, preventatives, and dentals through our hero fund, proving that our veterans and their pets are part of our pack – for life.

Franky lost his ear flaps when he was used as a bait dog and left for dead. In 2019 a highly decorated combat veteran was inspired to save him.

For the rest of his life Franky will require ongoing ear care, which he receives thanks to our supporters’ compassion and generosity.

More than $69,000 disbursed to veterans for ‘welcome home’ pet essentials, as well as to recipients of our anniversary, hardship, and hero fund support programs


Hardship support

26 veterans received hardship support to care for their four-legged family

Julie was in a hospital fighting for her life when she asked her husband to bring their newly adopted senior dog Luna to visit. Days later the Navy veteran went home.

Our hardship fund provided vital support during Julie’s recovery. Luna taught her that “anything can heal with a bit of love.”

When Gail and Pixie were adopted the 11 year-old pup had a broken jaw. But the Afghanistan combat veteran was undeterred, sharing that “her unconditional love is priceless.”

Thanks to our hardship fund Gail was able to focus on nursing Pixie to health without worrying about everyday essentials.

In 2019 Chuck welcomed then 10 year-old Harvey into his life. “He is old like me and knows when I am having a bad day.”

Recently, the Army veteran experienced some tough medical challenges. Support through our hardship fund is helping to ease his burden.


Give with confidence

Charity Navigator gave us a 92 (out of 100) rating!

Charity Navigator has a new Encompass Rating System to increase independent review of small nonprofit organizations that did not qualify for evaluation in the past. Pets for Patriots is proud to earn a 92 (out of 100) rating. Organizations with a score of 75+ receive Charity Navigator’s “Give With Confidence” insignia.

And we celebrated 11 years serving veterans and saving shelter animals!


What’s next

In 2022 we will build upon the lifesaving work that your support makes possible.

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