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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.

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
  • 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.

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Military Initiatives

PTS Service Dogs for Veterans

For many brave members of our nation’s armed forces, coming home as a civilian is only the beginning of another daunting battle. The invisible wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress…

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…

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News & Updates

Bak Bravely Served Our Country

Like their human counterparts, lifesaving military dogs can sustain serious and lasting wounds on the battlefield and often suffer health challenges in their retirements. To ensure that these courageous canines receive the veterinary attention and care they richly deserve, American Humane awards financial grants to provide treatment to military dogs in need. One of these special dogs is MWD (Retired)…
February 22, 2017

Zoetis adds support for American Humane’s Wags4Patriots and Emergency Veterinary Grants for Military Dogs programs

Zoetis, the leading animal health company, announced the expansion of its K-9 Courage™ Program this week to support two American Humane initiatives benefiting military dogs and service dogs that assist veterans: the Wags4Patriots program that helps provide service dogs for veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), and the Emergency Veterinary Grants for Military Dogs program that awards financial grants…
February 8, 2017

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