We enrich the lives of Veterans by creating a Super Bond® with custom trained working animals.
+ We serve the Greater Cleveland area.
This is the official site of the Cleveland, Ohio Chapter of Pets for Vets.
Laura J. Evans CPDT-KA, is the owner of North Coast Dogs, a Cleveland training company that has been helping owners and their companions since 2001. Laura also enjoys volunteering as a dog walker and foster for the Cleveland Animal Protective League, as well as with horse rescues as time allows. She is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Laura is dedicated to enhancing her knowledge of dog behavior and training and does so by attending educational seminars as well as through her work with area rescues. She is excited to be a part of Pets for Vets. At home, she enjoys the company of three rescue pups as well as a rescue cat: two are fosters that came to stay.
Our latest match is for a Veteran who served in both the army and air force in the 1960's! Bob and his wife Esther lost their dog a little over a year ago and t...Read Story
John is an Army Veteran who served our country from 1973 to 1976. He was stationed in Korea and then in Texas. He reached out to us to see if we might be able t...Read Story
This match was made on January 24, 2020 between Army Sgt Lee, who served our country in active combat in Afganistan. Lee and his wife have 2 children who were a...Read Story
Stephen, a Navy Veteran who served our country for 2 years in 1992 -93, came to us with the hope of finding a loving dog to be his companion. His wife, Debbie, ...Read Story
May 4, 2016
Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric explores a new way of treating veterans with PTSD using shelter dogs.
Will You Provide A Temporary Foster Home For A Dog That Will Help A Veteran?
Pets for Vets provides a second chance to shelter dogs by rescuing, training, and matching them with US Servicemen and women who need a companion pet.
What is the time commitment?
6 – 8 weeks
What am I expected to do during that short period?
Will I receive any assistance during this time?
Pets for Vets personnel are on call 24/7 to support you
May I have my own dog already?
Yes. All pets in the household must be spayed/neutered and current on core vaccines
What are my expenses?
There is no cost to you and a Stipend will be offered for your time and assistance
What type of dog will I be fostering?
A 2-5 year old dog from a shelter/rescue that is sprayed, neutered and up to date on vaccinations
What makes a good foster?
Will the dog be allowed in a crate?
Yes, in accordance with the Trainer’s instructions
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Pets for Vets is thrilled to serve Veterans in your area. If you would like to become a supporter of Pets for Vets Cleveland and for your organization’s name, logo, seal, or information to appear on this page, please contact
"You would think that a dog is just a dog. That may be true for some, but not me.I used to sit at home, alone, and just let life pass me by, but now I have a reason to get up. Even if it’s feeding Samson, or taking him for walks, he has motivated me to live again."
"He’s more than just a friend. He’s my battle buddy. He’s my left hand. We’re connected by a leash, but it’s really our umbilical cord. He’s sometimes more tuned into me than I’m tuned into me. He knows more about me than I do sometimes. He lets me know what’s going on."