How can I become involved in the Vet Pet Coalition?
There are several ways to submit an application for the Vet Pet Coalition.
- Apply online by clicking the “Vet Pet Coalition Application” to the left of your screen and completing the form
- Click here to download a Word document version of the application. Please email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also pick up an application at the Veterans Education Benefits Office, room E119 at Fox Valley Technical College
Who qualifies for this program?
Any honorably discharged veteran of the United States military able to care for a pet is eligible to apply to receive a companion animal from the Vet Pet Community Coalition.
What happens next?
After the application is received and approved the veteran will receive a call from one of Fox Valley Humane Association’s trainers and a meeting will be scheduled. The veteran and the trainer will work together to find the best “pet fit” to match the veteran’s lifestyle and personality. Next begins a 6 to 8 week “one on one” training program to address basic manners and necessary life skills. During the training period the pet will either reside at the Fox Valley Humane Association or live with the veteran under a foster-care agreement as is determined by the trainer. At the conclusion of the program the pet can be adopted by the veteran and a contract will be completed and signed.
What is the cost to the veteran?
There is no monetary cost to the veteran! The Fox Valley Humane Association is simply requiring that the veteran donate 40 hours of volunteer time to the Association before the time of adoption.
What is the actual cost to the Association and how are these costs being met?
All expenses during the veteran’s participation in the program are being donated by the FVHA, their donors, program supporters and coalition members. The following donations are included during the 6-8 week period:
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Vaccinations and veterinary care
- Food and treats
- Collar and leash
- Legal work
Cost to the Fox Valley Humane Association per companion dog is $3,500.00
What is the difference between a service dog, a therapy dog or a companion dog and which one will the veteran be receiving?
-Functions as an in-home pet. They are not trained to perform specific services like a seeing-eye dog or a seizure alert dog. Even though these animals do not provide a service that aids with a disability they can provide invaluable emotional support as well as a number of health benefits.
-Visits individuals in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools and other locations with people with learning difficulties and stressful situations, such as disaster areas. Therapy dogs are in-home pets when they are not “on the job”. Therapy dogs and their handlers go through training, testing and certification to ensure their reliable behavior in unfamiliar situations.
-Trained specifically to provide services for a person with physical or mental disability, or to provide a medical alert or response to a person with a qualifying medical condition. These animals undergo years of training and testing for temperament and trainability and are exposed to a number of distractions to ensure their ability to focus on required tasks and always remain responsive to the client.
All of the dogs in the Vet Pet Community Coalition Program are companion dogs.