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Grants & Awards Initiative

Helping veterans get service dogs

American Humane provides funding and support to veterans with PTS and TBI who are seeking lifesaving service dogs.


  • Only active or retired military individuals with a PTS diagnosis are considered for the Wags4Patriots grant.
  • Funding may be used only to help offset the adoption costs for obtaining a PTS service dog. Funding is paid directly to the service dog agency.
  • Funding is contingent upon the individual successfully completing the service dog agency’s application to qualify for a PTS service dog.
  • Only applications received through the appropriate online submission process will be eligible. Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Before submitting an application, applicants must ensure that it includes all of the following documents or their request will be considered incomplete and may be discarded:

  • Completed and signed grant application
  • Photograph(s) of applicant
  • Signed media release

The following additional documents will also be required prior to the award of any grant:

  • Copy of 501(c)(3) letter from the applicable credentialed service dog agency
  • Photograph(s) of service dog
  • Receipt from the applicable service dog agency for adoption costs

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