Bringing Together Vets and Pets

Operation Underhound

As featured recently on the Smithonian Institute's website, research has shown that dogs and cats can help veterans returning from conflicts around the world overcome such afflictions as post traumatic stress sisorder. Dr. Michael Good, Underhound Railroad and the Homeless Pet Foundation agree and are encouraging all rescue groups and partners of the Homeless Pet Foundation to waive adoption fees to qualified veterans and active duty military personnel. In addition, Operation Underhound is working with veterans organizations to bring together homeless pets and veterans.

Ways to Help

Participate in Events

Our team is cooperating with veterans groups to have events around the country.

Sponsor a Pet for a Vet

Sponsor a homeless pet adoption for an active duty service member or veteran.

Start a Pet Club for Veterans

The Homeless Pet Clubs is a great way to participate in finding homeless pets new homes.

Service Dogs

Helping Those Who Served Our Country

I was startled awake, only to find the lights already on. My service dog-my partner, my lifeline, my friend-nudged my arm and handed me a cold bottle of water. I hugged the cool container to my chest, rocking slightly, as she jumped into bed with me and laid across my legs. Abandoning the water, I wrapped my arms around her as her soothing weight began to settle my nerves. She gently licked my cheeks and I whispered into her fur, "Thanks for being there." The nightmare was long gone so we settled back down to sleep.

For the veteran in the story above, things weren't always so straightforward and peaceful. Flashbacks, bad dreams, difficulty sleeping, guilt, depression, fear and worry plague roughly one-third of the men and women who have spent time in war zones. Many veterans dealing with the crippling effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experience hopelessness and fear that there's no viable solution. In fact, less than 40% of veterans ever seek treatment, and countless others face wait times at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that can stretch into months or years.

But a recent upsurge of a simple, relatively inexpensive technique has changed veterans' lives for the better. This solution comes with four paws, a wet nose and very specialized training: service dogs. Veterans who utilize service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, fewer hospitalizations and numerous other benefits.

Many heroes have two legs, but some have four. For these brave, specialized working dogs, the greatest joy in life comes from partnering with a veteran who needs them. Read on to find out how service dogs make a real difference. (By Kea Grace; Source: