Shelter to Service was launched in 2011 as a program providing free adoptions to U.S. military Veterans. Over time, it grew to involve training our dogs to be psychiatric service dogs. Since the program was founded, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to create successful pairings of shelter animals with people with unique needs and struggles. 

This year, we are thrilled to expand the program to include anyone who can benefit from a psychiatric service dog. This includes Veterans, first responders, and anyone else diagnosed with  a mental health condition such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, severe depression, agoraphobia, etc.

Additionally, the Shelter to Service program now offers trained facility dogs and facility cats to staff handlers with the purpose of performing tasks designed to help staff and clients meet their goals at a variety of different types of facilities.

Our Veteran services continue to operate and thrive with a variety of additional benefits, including free pet adoptions and veterinary wellness care.

About Shelter to Service

What To Expect

About the Shelter to Service program and its benefits.


Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Shelter to Service and Veteran services.

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Prepare a dog to become a psychiatric service dog or facility animal by becoming a foster.

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How to Apply

Our team matches each participant  with  a service dog candidate or a facility animal candidate who complements their individual or facility needs. We exclusively place pre-evaluated animals from our shelter population, many of whom received a second chance after facing an uncertain future in a public shelter.

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Your gift will connect service dog candidates with  individuals possessing invisible disabilities and will help place facility animal candidates in facility settings to assist staff and clients meet their goals. Your generosity makes it possible for us to provide animal placement and professional training at  little to no cost.

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