Honoring our Veterans

Founded in 1943 as an avenue of support for soldiers leaving for World War II who had no place to safely leave their beloved companion animals, Animal Friends has a longstanding commitment to our brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces. To strengthen this commitment, and understanding the potent and healing power of the animal-human bond, we are proud to offer a series of targeted adoption programs and resources to support and thank those who have served or are currently serving our country.

Animal Friends Veterans Services offers a variety of unique supportive adoption options to veterans and those in active service depending on their level of need and support through Animal Friends for Veterans and the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pets for Vets® at Animal Friends.

 

Animal Friends for Veterans

A pet can provide such important companionship and support to any adoptive family, but that support can be even more meaningful to a veteran who has given so much for our country. At Animal Friends, we help any veteran or active military member find a new best friend (dog, cat or rabbit) through our Animal Friends for Veterans program. By way of a special thank you to the veteran, the requested donation for the adoption is waived and, as an added benefit, we offer other discounts and support as needed.

 

Pets for Vets® at Animal Friends

Sometimes veterans return home with scars – both seen and unseen – that make transition back into civilian life difficult. At the same time, we know there are far too many wonderful homeless pets waiting for a loving home. Pets for Vets® is the bridge that brings pets and vets together in a lifesaving way. Focusing on veterans who are dealing with PTSD and other forms of unresolved stress and anxiety, Pets for Vets® at Animal Friends carefully selects, trains and personally matches companion animals with these deserving veterans. Through this intensive and relationship-based program, we ensure these matches are supportive and meaningful for both the veteran and the homeless pet.

Are you a veteran interested in learning more? Or do you know a veteran who might benefit from either of these programs? We'd love to share more about our lifesaving veterans programs. Contact Eric at Veterans@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org or 412.847.7030.

 

Making Matches Possible

The Pets for Vets® program wouldn’t be possible without the Major Ben Follansbee Memorial Fund and the generous donors who support it. Major Benjamin Follansbee was a decorated airborne Ranger who subsequently earned his coveted Special Forces tab and became a Green Beret. He served on multiple deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was not only highly dedicated and accomplished, but also humble, loyal and compassionate. Tragically, Major Follansbee took his own life in December 2012. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. William Follansbee, know firsthand the alarming statistics about suicide in the military and the challenges that many veterans face as they transition from military duty to civilian life. For that reason, the Follansbee family, in partnership with Animal Friends, established the Major Ben Follansbee Memorial Fund to support the Pets for Vets® and its important work to build healthy and supportive relationships between veterans and pets.

We rely on support from people like you to ensure our veteran’s programs continue. Individuals, businesses and groups are encouraged to consider a gift to the Major Ben Follansbee Fund to support Pets for Vets® at Animal Friends by clicking here or the Animal Friends for Veterans program by clicking here.

 

United Way Giving

Our Animal Friends for Veterans program is also supported in part by a designated donor fund through the United Way. This directed fund allows donors to make gifts to this important program through the United Way annual workplace giving programs. Use code #12578787.

 

Other Ways to Help

There are so many ways you can support our Veterans Services. From serving as an ambassador at community events to helping veterans through the adoption process to serving as a foster home for our pets in training, we have many volunteer opportunities. So if you are a veteran or someone for whom veterans issues are close to your heart, consider joining us as a volunteer!

To get started, click here to complete an online volunteer application. For more information, contact us at 412.847.7030 or Veterans@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Veterans Services

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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