Pets for Patriots gets many requests for information and services that are beyond the scope of our mission. We offer the following resources for your information and convenience.
Pets for Patriots helps veterans adopt companion pets only. For those individual who both need and qualify for a service animal. Freedom Service Dogs and Canine Companions for Independence are ADI-certified:
- Freedom Service Dogs
- Canine Companions for Independence
- ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities)
Additional information about service/assistance animals:
- Difference between various assistance animals and companion pets
- Service dog tasks for psychiatric disabilities (including PTSD)
Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are companion pets that are prescribed by a mental health professional to alleviate the symptoms of an individual’s disability. They are not trained service animals; however, they do have limited access rights in housing and on commercial aircraft.
- About Emotional Support Animals and housing
- Emotional Support Animals and housing, including sample letter requesting reasonable accommodation for an ESA
- Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law article: Right to Emotional Support Animal in “No Pet” Housing
- Flying with an Emotional Support Animal, including sample letter
Veterans with a letter from their treating mental health professional for an ESA may adopt through Pets for Patriots.
Financial help with veterinary bills
We often get requests for assistance with individuals’ veterinary bills when their dog or cat experiences either a medical emergency or requires extraordinary care, like surgery. Although we do not maintain a veterinary fund, there are excellent local and national resources available to qualifying pet owners:
- The Pet Fund provides financial aid to owners in need of assistance with veterinary bills.
- IMOM provides financial assistance for owners of pets facing life-threatening circumstances.
- Trio Animal Foundation helps shelters, rescues and individuals pay medical bills of homeless pets.
- Red Rover provides a listing of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary care, organized by state/national, disease, breed and other relevant factors.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (cats only) is for owners who cannot afford necessary, life-saving veterinary care.
- Humane Society of the United States listing provides both national and state-by-state listing of various organizations, funds, etc. for low/no-cost veterinary care.
- Care Credit offers payment plans for individuals who need help with various types of bills, including veterinary care.
- Rose’s Fund offers financial assistance for veterinary bills to pet owners experiencing financial hardship, as long as the animal has a good prognosis if the care is rendered.
- Tails of Hope Foundation provides education and financial assistance to qualifying pet owners whose pets are suffering from treatable, life-threatening diseases.
- Handicapped Pets Foundation donates mobility equipment to pets in need.
- PetChance uses the power of social media and crowd funding to help individuals raise money for their pets’ veterinary bills.
Pet foster care for deploying military or veterans in hardship
In addition to providing support to military personnel who deploy, these organizations are available to assist in hardship cases, such as homelessness, hospitalization or emergency, that render a veteran temporarily unable to care for his or her pet. Pets for Patriots is a proud supporting partner of these two national nonprofit organizations:
Moving and traveling with pets
- Military One Source has excellent suggestions for military personnel who are moving/relocating with their pets.
- PetsWelcome is a searchable database of pet friendly lodging, vacation spots, pet day care and other pet-oriented travel advice.
- PCS and your pet
Savings for military personnel and families
- MyMilitarySavings.com aggregates discounts available at military commissaries and exchanges.