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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.

Service Dogs for Veterans

Our Pups4Patriots™ program 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

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…

K-9 Courage Program

American Humane and Zoetis are working together to help save lives on both ends of the leash through the Pups4Patriots™ program, which rescues unwanted dogs in need of homes and…

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

Support Your Four-Legged Veterans on National K9 Veterans Day

In October 2019, a courageous five-year-old Belgian Malinois special operations military working dog named Conan took part in the Barisha raid in Syria, which resulted in the death of the then-leader of ISIS. Conan joined a long list of heroic military working dogs whom we celebrate each day, but especially on National K9 Veterans Day, taking place on March 13.…
March 12, 2020

Pets are Blameless in Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

Coronavirus, now present on every continent except Antarctica, has infected nearly 90,000 people globally and left health officials scrambling to prevent the virus from morphing into a full-blown pandemic, while trying to also calm global worry. As that worry bubbles and spews, however, so do theories about the virus’ spread. One of those dangerous theories touches on our beloved pets…
Thomas M. Edling, DVM, MSpVM, MPH / March 3, 2020

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