Pets make life better. So much so that we’re partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to encourage Veterans to consider pet ownership as well as volunteer opportunities with community organizations such as local animal shelters.

Our goal is to create mutually beneficial relationships between Veterans in need of companionship and animals in need of good homes. It’s all part of enhancing the quality of life for everyone involved.

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Published on Jan. 11, 2018

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  1. Donald Miller February 6, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Pairing dogs with those whom truly need it, great idea! Pairing with the Humane Society, bad idea. I think its a side approach for community issues that are dumped off at the Human Society to recoop through the government and stay open under federal dollars. And the only think ive heard constantly, is…..long waits>? why? theres plenty of dogs. Pairing them up for the VET needs, who is the VET, and is he worth of an animal, or is this adding to his long list of things to take care of in a day.
    I breed border collie, unregistered. And because i go to great lengths, in the way I do it. We always have great, smart, good looking litters. ‘
    Great ideas for veterans, bad follow through on so many levels, because so many programs have not been vetted correctly who can sniff out the difference between the flowers and B.S>
    Could i head the program , you betcha I can! Pairing Vets who truly need a dog for service, and who can and know how to take care of them.

    D. Miller. USMC Vet.

  2. Frank Eagan January 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I am interested in your pets for Vet’s program. I was told that I could get a dog, & register him/her as an Emotional Support service animal. I am living in Bucks County, PA., & I don’t know where to go or where to look. I would greatly appreciate any & all help that you may be able to provide. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter!
    Frank Eagan

  3. Jacqueline Byrd January 19, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    The other people are right, no info about how to participate as a veteran or a supporter or volunteer. Please answer on this blog

  4. Sam Spina January 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    How do I sign up for this program? I have trying to get an assistance dog for a year and I keep getting stonewalled. One agency tells me that I have a 2 years to wait, IF APPROVED.
    I have all of my Doctor’s recommending an assistance dog, but no way to get one without waiting years when they admit that I need one now.
    What can I do?

  5. Robert Jenks January 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Can I donate to this program?

  6. Joel Bentley January 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I would like a pet to replace my Daschusand .. My vet has told me that my dog is dying from prostate cancer. I am a home bound, disabled veteran and my dog has been my faithful companion for the past nine years. If there is anyone who reads my
    email and has a small dog that needs a good home please let .me know.

  7. Eva n Divine January 19, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Want a fence so I could adopt a dog to help me with my PYSD!!

  8. Eva n Divine January 19, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I suffer PTSD and I would like to have a pet. dog or cat is OK. I am a disable Veteran, Service connected!! Would the VA help me help me build a fence? Thanks. Eva n Divine

  9. Paul Boggs January 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Great program! A win-win situation for two groups that both deserve such attention and support.

  10. Dwight Nemeth January 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I have been interested in getting a pup. The article does not say how or where to sign up for this program. Somewhat odd.

    • Cameron E Wylie January 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Dwight: If you have any information about getting a pup, please let me know where I can go to get one. I live in Spokane, WA and I’m 86 YO. I’m married and am buy our house. I am NOT interested in returning to the work force. Too old!!
      Cameron Wylie

  11. James M Horton January 19, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Does anyone know whom i could contact here in Kerrville Texas, per the vets with pets? I am 90% disabled, 71 yoa veteran..

  12. Dennis Wilson January 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I think the pet Idea is a good one I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my dog and he is a service dog as well (CWAC) has helped me to get more out of life by helping to teach me how to train my dog we go to restaurants markets and all kinds of stores and even was able to stay with me in the hospital for a few days I can’t speak enough about having someone to be able to talk with. I know it sounds crazy but my dog understands most of what I’m saying and obeys me and people have told me that he is one of the best behaved dogs that have ever seen.

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