Military

Military

We are committed to helping America’s veterans and recognizing their heroic contributions to our country – both on and off of the battlefield

American Humane has been first to serve with the U.S. military for a century: Our animal rescue program was born on the battlefields of World War I Europe, where, at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War, volunteers with American Humane deployed to rescue and care for 68,000 wounded war horses each month.We continue to proudly honor this legacy today through American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs. The program, founded through the generosity of philanthropist and passionate veterans advocate, Lois Pope, offers meaningful support to our Armed Forces with two key areas of focus: first, providing lifesaving service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS); second, protecting America’s hard-working military dogs and recognizing their heroic contributions to our country – both on and off of the battlefield.

Service Dogs for Veterans

Our Shelter to Service initiative gives veterans with PTS and TBI with support they need, while also giving shelter dogs across the United States a second chance at life — ultimately saving lives on both ends of the leash.

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About American Humane Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs

Philanthropist Lois Pope is one of the nation’s leading advocates for America’s active-duty military, veterans, and military animals.

The driving force behind the establishment of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., the nation’s first and only permanent public tribute to the four million living disabled veterans and those who have died, she recently endowed the American Humane Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs. The Center builds on American Humane’s 100 years of work with the U.S. military by providing life-changing, life-saving programs to:

  • Help military K-9 teams on and off the battlefield
  • Help veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury obtain lifesaving service dogs
  • Reunite retired military dogs who are left overseas with their former handlers
  • Support military families in need with healing therapy animals
  • Recognize and honor the life-saving contributions of military hero dogs
  • Provide healthcare to America’s four-legged warriors when they finish service to their country, so that they can enjoy the healthy, happy retirement they so richly deserve

With her help – and yours – American Humane is opening a second century of caring for our military heroes – at both ends of the leash.

Military Initiatives

Service Dogs for Veterans Application

Our Shelter to Service program rescues qualified shelter dogs and trains them to offer the best possible assistance to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). All…

Emergency Veterinary Grants for Military Dogs

Like their human counterparts in our armed forces, lifesaving military dogs can sustain serious and lasting wounds on the battlefield and suffer health challenges in their retirements. American Humane is dedicated…

Military Dog Team Reunifications

After years of being classified as “equipment” with thousands of military dogs being disposed of or left overseas, American Humane worked with Congress to require that military working dogs be…

Shelter to Service: K-9 Courage

American Humane and Zoetis are working together to help save lives on both ends of the leash through the Shelter to Service program, which rescues shelter dogs and trains them…

Service Dogs: What you need to know

Service dogs can reduce stress and anxiety levels and help veterans mitigate the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that all-too-often arise when they return home…

America's two and four legged veterans served us - now let's serve them.

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News & Updates

Announcing “Operation Service Dog Access” – an innovative pilot program by American Humane and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, June 13, 2018 — In honor of Posttraumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness month, American Humane and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) are proud to announce the first-ever assessment and credentialing program that protects veterans and their service dogs: “Operation Service Dog Access.” American Humane partnered with NAVSO, the Schultz Family Foundation, and other experts to…
June 13, 2018

American Humane and Mars Petcare Release Free Videos to Help Businesses Better Accommodate Veterans and Other Patrons with Service Dogs

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May 7, 2018 — The stories on the evening news are heart-rending and far too common: A veteran who fought for our freedom and is now coping with post-traumatic stress (PTS) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) is denied access to a restaurant, taxi or hotel because of his or her service dog. It’s something that happens…
May 7, 2018

American Humane’s military program is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: