Pets for Vets Pittsburgh Chapter at Animal Friends

Our first match! We're thrilled to announce our first match as the official Pittsburgh Chapter of Pets for Vets. Click here to read Don and Louie's story.

For veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or other unresolved stress, this comprehensive program provides them with a trained companion animal*. Each pet is personally matched to a veteran based on personality and lifestyle. Once the perfect pet is selected for the veteran, the pet then spends time in the home of our certified Pets for Vets trainer or foster family who teaches basic obedience and other valuable behaviors needed to live with their new guardian. This can include becoming comfortable with wheelchairs or behaviors needed to help with PTSD, TBI or unresolved stress or anxiety.

There is absolutely no charge to the veteran for this service. Their fully trained, new pet will be current on vaccines, spayed/neutered and microchipped for additional identification. A customized welcome package of supplies, complete with a lifetime Allegheny County dog license is also included. Due to the thoroughness of the selection and training process, it will take several weeks to complete the match once your application is activated.

*Pets for Vets trained companion animals do not have ADA Service Animal distinction. 

Interested in applying?

To learn more about Pets for Vets - Pittsburgh Chapter and how you can get involved, contact Lauren at Or click here to fill out an application.

Animal Friends and Pets for Vets adoption processes and qualifications apply.

Trainers and Fosters Needed

If you love animals and want to help veterans –  click here! We need experienced and compassionate people like you to train shelter pets to be specifically matched with the veterans in our Pets for Vets program.

More comfortable working alongside a trainer? Become a Pets for Vets foster home. Foster homes are needed for Pets for Vets canines in training. The Foster Guardian will provide daily shelter and care and work collaboratively with the Pets for Vets Trainer to help the canine adjust to a home environment and insure that goo manners and training protocols are reinforced.

How You Can Help

Please donate today! Your gift could be lifesaving to a local veteran and homeless animal.

Don't forget! Our United Way code for our veterans adoptions programs is 12578787.


Pets for Vets Pittsburgh at Animal Friends is an official chapter of the national Pets for Vets program. For more about the national program, visit



Pets for Vets - Pittsburgh Chapter

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