F.A.Q.

  1. Who is eligible for an honorably adopted pet?
  2. How does Pets for Patriots help military members?
  3. What is an eligible adoption?
  4. Why can’t I adopt from any shelter or rescue?
  5. Why are puppies and kittens not included in your program?
  6. Where do I apply to become a member Patriot?
  7. What proof of military service is required?
  8. Does Pets for Patriots accept veterans with a general or ‘under honorable conditions’ discharge?
  9. When should I apply to become a member Patriot?
  10. I’m already a member Patriot. What do I need to do to adopt an eligible pet?
  11. I’m at a member shelter and forgot my Pets for Patriots membership confirmation; can I still adopt a pet?
  12. Who determines if I’m an eligible pet adopter?
  13. I’m the spouse/parent of a fallen soldier; am I eligible for an honorable adoption?
  14. How do I donate my dog/cat to Pets for Patriots to be adopted by a veteran?
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Q: Who is eligible for an honorably adopted pet?

Men and women at all stages of their military careers: active, retired, veteran, prior service, reserve, inactive reserve and national guard, from all branches of the military, including the Coast Guard. Individuals convicted of a felony and/or any type of animal cruelty or abuse are ineligible. Pets for Patriots reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

Q: How does Pets for Patriots help military members?

Once you become a member Patriot and complete an eligible adoption from one of our shelter partners, you’ll be eligible to receive a minimum, ongoing 10% discount on veterinary fees for your honorably adopted pet. In addition, we send you a one-time, generous gift card from a major pet retailer to help with the initial purchase of pet food, supplies, toys and other basics upon proof of your eligible pet adoption, as well as members-only access to pet-related discounts from our sponsors. You are responsible for the adoption fee, though in some cases our shelter partners may extend a courtesy discount.

Q: What is an eligible adoption?

An eligible adoption is one that is made through one of our member shelters, rescues, humane societies or SPCAs AND that meets any one of these criteria: adult (2+ years) or special needs dog or cat, or a dog 40+ pounds at the time of adoption. Puppies and kittens, cute as they are, aren’t eligible. Members of our program are required to adopt through an approved shelter partner in their community and have already received an approval letter from Pets for Patriots…no exceptions.

Q: Why can’t I adopt from any shelter or rescue?

Our adoption partners are just that – partners. They’re carefully recruited and/or screened to be sure they meet our eligibility criteria, and our partnership is a mutual commitment to help last-chance pets find loving military homes. There are many shelters and rescues around the country, and not all of them are reputable or meet our standards. When a member decides to adopt outside of our network, we bear the burden of having to verify that organization’s credentials – when we already have a qualified and approved partner in the community. Further, because we have a partner relationship with our shelter network, we’re able to ask for additional assistance that might be needed by some of our members.

Program benefits will not be provided to Pets for Patriots members who adopt outside of our approved partner network.

Q: Why are puppies and kittens not included in your program?

While we advocate for the adoption of all shelter animals, our not-for-profit is focused on helping those harder-to-place pets – adult dogs and cats, and larger dogs – because they’re usually overlooked. Most shelters have ample demand for puppies and kittens. We help shelters by supporting the adoption of grown up dogs and cats who still have plenty of love and life to give.

Q: Where do I apply to become a member Patriot?

You can apply online and your membership is dependent upon verification of your military service. Membership is free, though you are responsible for the pet’s adoption fees established by our local shelter partner.

Q: What proof of military service is required?

Please refer to our eligibility requirements, since they vary depending upon your military status and if you are currently in treatment for a variety of mental health conditions.

Q: Does Pets for Patriots accept veterans with a general or ‘under honorable conditions’ discharge?

No. Only veterans who received an Honorable discharge are eligible to apply.

Q: When should I apply to become a member Patriot?

You can apply at any time, but to receive access to members-only reduced cost pet care and products, you need to complete an eligible adoption.

Q: I’m already a member Patriot. What do I need to do to adopt an eligible pet?

Go to any of our partner shelters, rescues, humane societies, SPCAs or municipal animal controls and show them your Pets for Patriots membership confirmation letter. They’ll help you find your new best friend and will send us a copy of the executed adoption contract so that you can receive all the benefits of being a member Patriot.

Q: I’m at a member shelter and forgot my Pets for Patriots membership confirmation; can I still adopt a pet?

In most cases, yes. Just ask them to call us at 877-4-PET CADET (877-473-8223) to confirm that you’re one of our loyal member Patriots. However, we cannot guarantee that at any given time we’ll be available to take your call, so we strongly encourage members to keep a copy of their approval letters with them, even if they’re just going to the shelter to “browse.”

Q: Who determines if I’m an eligible pet adopter?

That decision is entirely up to the member shelter, rescue, humane society or SPCA. They’re best able to determine whether you would make a good adoptive pet parent, if you can provide a stable home for the pet and to pair you with a dog or cat suited to your needs and lifestyle. We share their goal to make permanent adoptions and avoid animals being ‘recycled’ back to the shelter.

Q: I’m the spouse/parent of a fallen soldier; am I eligible for an honorable adoption?

At the moment we don’t sponsor adoptions for parents or spouses of those military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Check back from time to time, or sign up for email from us to stay informed of any program changes that may include extended family members in the future.

Q: How do I donate my dog/cat to Pets for Patriots to be adopted by a veteran?

We don’t accept donated pets, and work only through approved shelter/rescue/SPCA/humane society/municipal animal control partners around the country to place pets with veterans and service members. If you absolutely must rehome your pet, please read our article for tips on how to do so responsibly and humanely.