Pets & Vets

Pets and Vets is a Signature Program of that works with groups around the country to support, sustain, and develop services to improve the lives of veterans, their families, and their pets.

Pets & Vets Focus Areas has funded programs to house, feed and provide support for active military, veterans and their families for 10 years. Throughout our work with veterans and first responders we began to notice a critical connection to animals. This special bond between humans and animals proved to be beneficial for both the human and the animal. With a desire to meet the needs of both we created our Pets & Vets Signature Program to honor and respect those who serve our country and communities. Pets & Vets is a unique program that was developed to harness the benefits of the human-animal relationship to provide comfort and healing. Project partners are selected carefully to ensure that restricted funding provided is utilized to increase the quality of life of active armed forces members, veterans, veteran families, military war dogs, contractor war dogs and other first responders including Police K9’s and the officers caring for them.

Focus Areas of Support to Partner Organizations works with a growing network of service providing organizations to increase the impact these organizations can accomplish through grant funding. Restricted grants are utilized by partners to increase the quality of life of active armed forces members, veterans, veteran families and other first responders including Police K9’s and the officers caring for them.

These grants provide an incredible impact in these areas:

Increased placement of Companion Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Service Dogs for free to veterans

Equine Therapy sessions funded

Military War Dogs and Military Contractor Dogs transport and veterinary support

Deployed Military War Dogs and Deployed Contractor War Dog care, protection and enrichment grants

Transport and veterinary support for deployed military personnel to save pets from field operations internationally

Pet foster care for deployed military grants

Free adoption and benefits programs for veterans

K9 Police officer protection gear and medical care funding

Examples of Our Work

Kara and Tank
An Air Force veteran, Kara, suffered crippling isolation after returning from Afghanistan until an adopted dog named Tank helped her reclaim her life. Kara has always cared for others. During her deployment to Afghanistan, she volunteered in the emergency room at Bagram Air Base, witnessing firsthand the teamwork involved in caring for wounded service members. Unknown to her at the time, she would return to civilian life with such profound emotional trauma that many days she could barely get out of bed. Her world had become a crippling isolation that consumed her.

Counseling and medication failed to relieve Kara’s emotional pain. Having experienced the mood-enhancing benefits of two dogs she had early in her recovery, she decided to look for a shelter dog she could train to be more sensitive to her psychological needs. Tank was an adult German Shorthaired Pointed who had his own challenges socializing with others. In so many ways, he was the perfect fit for Kara; as she worked with Tank to overcome his anxieties, she became less anxious and more open to the world around her. “Tank opened my life back up,” Kara said, adding that before adopting him, even a trip to the grocery store was terrifying and exhausting.

Bazy and Marine Corporal Hill
Bazy and Marine Corporal Hill deployed to Afghanistan for a tour of duty. The relationship between a military dog and its handler begins at the training school and continues until one or the other is reassigned. Hill said the bond is strengthened during deployments, as Bazy literally slept beside him when they were in Afghanistan. Bazy’s transport costs were funded by support from through MissionK9 Rescue, and now these two can remain a team.