Pets for Vets program was started by the Psychology Director to benefit Veterans at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC). Our program supports any Veteran desiring to adopt a cat or dog from the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA).
The project is a humanitarian one in which everyone benefits. Cats and dogs are adopted into homes. Veterans gain the love and companionship that pets bring. The elderly are especially well served by pets. There is even some potential medical benefit to our patients: correlational studies have suggested that pet owners have fewer annual visits to physicians, take less medication, recuperate better from certain surgeries and take more walks.
All funding for the Pets for Vets program comes from voluntary donations. Donations can be made through SFVAMC's Voluntary Service. If you are interested in donating, please read below for more information.
The Pets for Vets Program will act as a guarantor of payment on the initial adoption fee and dog license fee (San Francisco residents are required to obtain one). All other expenses are the responsibility of the new pet owner.
An individual Veteran must meet minimal the SFSPCA screening requirements such as having an established residence, producing a letter from landlord, etc.
We issue a voucher to any Veteran who wants to adopt a dog or cat. However, we respectfully limit one voucher per Veteran due to high demand.
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Are you interested in supporting Pets for Vets program for our Veterans? To donate, please make checks payable to "San Francisco VA Medical Center" with a notation designating your donation to "Pets for Vets" and mail checks to:
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Attn: Voluntary Service (135)
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco CA 94121
We appreciate your support!