Operation Hero-Animal Bond strives to help veterans and adoptable animals.

Operation Hero-Animal Bond is an initiative that harnesses the collective power of shelter and rescue partners, the Veterans Affairs, and the Humane Society of the United States. The purpose is to find qualified veterans who would benefit from animal companionship and match them with adoptable animals with the goal of helping both heal and thrive. Angels of Assisi is thrilled to be a part of this program and help connect veterans with animals.

Promoting pet ownership and developing volunteer and pet fostering opportunities exemplify an innovation to support Veteran health and wellness. Research shows extensive benefits resulting from the relationship between humans and animals – the human-animal bond. Some of these benefits include a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones; improved mood; increase in social connections; and reduced feelings of isolation

Adoption fees for veterans are waived. Veterans will be required to provide proof of their veteran status (through their DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and fill out an adoption application.