Join our cause
Tax-exempt shelters, rescues, SPCAs, humane societies and municipal animal controls are all welcome in our program. For convenience we refer to all as shelter/rescue partners.
For-profit shelters, breeders and pet retailers are ineligible, without exception.
Member patriot special
All shelter/rescue partners are required to offer a ‘member patriot special’ – a ‘thank you for your service’ for veterans in our program. Popular specials include:
- Adoption fee discount or waiver; you must be specific when applying or your application will be delayed
- ‘Day one’ essentials, such as pet food, leash/collar, cat carrier, etc.
- Pet training (must specify duration or number of sessions)
- Coupons for discounts at local pet retailers in your community
Please decide your member patriot special prior to application. Once approved, you may change the special over time by contacting us.
We look for partners that are inspired to serve veterans living in their communities and are motivated to find homes for the most overlooked dogs and cats in their care. Our partnership model is not well-suited to rescues that adopt out over a wide geographic area, breed-specific organizations or cat-only rescues, though none of these conditions is disqualifying on its own.
If your pre-qual application is approved, we will follow up to request proof of nonprofit status and demonstration of medical care for the animals in your charge.
Proof of tax exemption
You are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or a tax-exempt municipal shelter:
- If you are a 501(c)(3): copy of the first page of your IRS determination letter or state tax certificate
- If you are a non-profit municipal shelter: letter from your shelter director on his/her letterhead describing how both taxpayer- and donor-directed funds are protected for use for shelter operations, and/or copy of the relevant section of your city’s municipal code describing the shelter’s non-profit status; a copy of your state tax-exempt certificate is equally acceptable
Proof of veterinary care for the animals in your charge
- If you use a veterinarian in your community: currently-dated letter signed by your primary veterinarian, on his/her letterhead, describing the type and frequency of medical care they provide the pets in your care
- If medical care is provided by in-house/staff veterinarians: currently-dated letter signed by your executive director, president or CEO, on his/her letterhead, confirming that necessary medical care is provided by your organization’s veterinary staff