Animal Welfare Society is proud of our military and commend them for their service and excellence. We take pleasure in announcing our partnership with this worthy cause. Pets for Patriots unites veteran members of the military with a companion dog or cat at no cost. This program benefits both military veterans and shelter animals. Military veterans receive love and companionship and shelter animals receive a second chance at a happy home. Together we are helping to end animal homelessness and enriching the lives of the men and women of our military.

AWS-Member Patriot Special


√   Adoption fee waived




and Adoption Process

Adoption Fees Include:


   Age-appropriate vaccinations

    Basic veterinary exam

    Behavior assessment

    Carrier (cats)


    FeLV/FIV test (cats)

    Fecal test

    Flea/tick preventative

    Heartworm preventative

    Heartworm test

    Microchip for permanent identification





Simple Process


1. Veteran applies to Pets for Patriots online or by phone, provides request/required proof of service

2. Once approved, veteran visits their local shelter/rescue partner to adopt an eligible dog or cat

3. Shelter/rescue sends Pets for Patriots final/signed contract, adoption phone of veteran and pet

4. Pets for Patriots provides benefits and post-adoption follow-up

5. Veteran visits our local veterinary partner for affordable, quality care



Pets eligible for adoption

must meet only ONE of the following criteria:


√   Dog or cat, at least 2 years of age


√  Dog or cat with special needs*


√  Dog or cat homeless 6 months+


√   Dog 40+ pounds at adoption


* Special needs: birth defect, disability, or chronic medical condition, and requiring lifelong care.



Animal Welfare Society

8 Dodd Road

New Milford, CT 06776

Tel. 860.354.1350

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