Operation Hero-Animal Bond strives to help veterans and adoptable animals.

The program will offer services to veterans on a national level, covering adoption fees for qualified veterans and providing each veteran with an adoption kit (which will include items such as a several month supply of pet food, a leash, a collar, enrichment items, etc.) to set them and their new companion up for a successful life together.

Operation Hero-Animal Bond will also leverage the Humane Society of the United States' relationships with more than 350 shelter and rescue partners across the country. As the only animal welfare organization with a formal partnership with the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs, we'll be able to reach millions of veterans who may be interested in adding a shelter pet to their family and enable them to experience the enduring relationship and love that pets provide.

Kitty and dog at movie screening
Acting President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Kitty Block, joined veterans for a special screening of the film "A Dog's Way Home" with Buddy, who is available for adoption through one of our Shelter and Rescue Partners.
Meredith Lee
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The HSUS

Veterans who have received a DD Form 214 and who live in a geographic region where the program is active at the time of application are eligible to participate in Operation Hero-Animal Bond. Veterans will be required to provide proof of their veteran status (through their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and sign an adoption contract with the shelter or rescue group that is placing the animal. They will also need to meet the adoption requirements of participating partners and may also be asked to participate in periodic post-adoption check ins if requested to do so.

Are you a veteran interested in adopting through this program? 
Fill Out A Participation Form

(The Humane Society of the United States reserves the right to limit distribution and/or change the contents of adoption kits based on funding and available resources. If we do not have enough resources to provide adoption kits, we will make every effort to connect the applicant to resources in their area to facilitate adoptions. It is possible that demand will outpace staffing resources, in which case we will process requests on a first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel the program at any time.)

Shelter participation is voluntary and will depend on proximity to participating Veterans Administration hospitals or other organizations and the availability of a behavior specialist to pre-screen the pet prior to an adoption with participating veterans. 

Are you a shelter interested in participating in this program? 
Fill Out A Participation Form

Apply to become a Shelter and Rescue Partner

In order to participate in Operation Hero-Animal Bond, your shelter or rescue must be an HSUS Shelter and Rescue Partner. This national network of animal shelters, rescue groups and other humane organizations choose to join us in targeting large-scale animal abuse cases.

Shelter kitten

Operation Hero-Animal Bond is a concept as of late 2018. Funding is needed to launch the program and we are optimistic that we will generate the support needed to launch pilot programs working with one or more Veterans’ Affairs hospitals or treatment centers and programs in 2019. We hope to expand to additional locations in the coming years. In the event that the program does not launch, the Humane Society of the United States will use remaining funds to provide a grant to one or more existing local programs to support veterans and pet adoptions.

Your generous gift will help launch the program, covering any adoption fees and items such as a free wellness veterinary visit, a supply of pet food, access to subsidized pet behavior training programs and other pet supplies, ensuring Operation Hero-Animal Bond’s continued success.

Further questions about the program? Contact us.