Vet Pet Coalition

Vet Pet Coalition

The Fox Valley Humane Association believes the joy and company of a companion animal is the lifesaving therapy or best friend returning service men and women so desperately need.  FVHA is extremely proud to be able to provide these opportunities.


The Veteran and Pet Community Coalition provides quality trained companion animals that enrich veteran’s lives and promote good health and better quality of life through companionship.

The Coalition is made up of dedicated businesses and individuals who support second chances for homeless pets and feel strongly about finding a way to thank the men and women who have bravely given so much to keep our country safe.

Medical studies show that companion animals significantly improve mental, emotional and physical health.  In addition to enhancing social skills, they reduce stress, anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure, all symptoms often seen in military personnel.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of The Veteran and Pet Community Coalition:

Big Dog

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Vet Pet Coalition Application

Your Information:

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needed to register for Shelter Care Pet Insurance

Please provide the name & phone number of any veterinarian that you have used in the past 5 years.

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Current Pet Information

Please list current and other pets you have owned in the past 5 years.

Please provide the name & phone number of a person who we may contact in the event that you are unavailable.

Please provide two NON-RELATED references that you have known for more than 2 years. Provide us with their names & phone numbers where they can be reached between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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To download a Word document version of the application click here.  Please send completed application to humaneofficer@foxvalleypets.org

For any questions regarding the application and/or application process, please contact:

Vicki Prey

FVHA Community Resource Coordinator and Outagamie Humane Officer 
Office:  920-733-1717 ext. 113
Email:  humaneofficer@foxvalleypets.org

How can I become involved in the Vet Pet Coalition?

There are several ways to submit an application for the Vet Pet Coalition.

  1. Apply online by clicking the “Vet Pet Coalition Application” to the left of your screen and completing the form
  2.  Click here to download a Word document version of the application.  Please email the completed application to humaneofficer@foxvalleypets.org.
  3. 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:

  • Training
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Vaccinations and veterinary care
  • Grooming
  • Housing
  • 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?


Companion Dog

-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.

Therapy Dog

-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.

Service Dog

-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.

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The Vet Pet Coalition is completely funded through sponsorships, grants, corporate donations and your kindness!  Please help us change and enrich a veteran’s life by sponsoring a companion dog and donating generously.

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  • Leader of the Pack – $3,500
    (sponsors ALL costs for a companion dog)     
  • Alpha Dog – $1000
  • Watch Dog – $750
  • Man’s Best Friend – $500

We also gladly accept donations in any amount you wish to give.  

Vet Pet Coalition donation form

The Vet Pet Coalition is completely funded through sponsorships, grants, corporate donations and your kindness! Please help us change and enrich a veteran's life by sponsoring a companion dog and by donating generously.



“People in contact with animals experience a decrease in blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and a general feeling of well-being. By observing the behavior of animals, children learn to be more nurturing and perhaps better parents to their own children.”
-Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine

“A growing body of research now documents the value of the human-animal bond in child development, elderly care, mental illness, physical impairment, dementia, abuse and trauma recovery and the rehabilitation of incarcerated youth and adults.”
-Science Daily, ‘Therapeutic Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond’

“Besides the many health benefits, pet ownership can also increase opportunity for socialization, exercise and outdoor activities.”
-Center for Disease Control and Prevention

“I believe that having a pet has all the benefits of an anti-depressant drug and more, but without a single side effect. Pets play a vital role in ameliorating the effects of chronic medical conditions.”
-Dr. Marty Becker, Veterinarian and Author

“The wealth of research on the power of the human-animal bond tells us one thing: the healing power of pets isn’t anecdotal anymore, but scientific.”
-PAWSitive InterAction, ‘A Scientific Look at the Human-Animal Bond’

Additional Resources

Federal Veterans Benefits: http://www.va.gov or 1-800-827-1000
State Veterans Benefits: http://dva.state.wi.us or 1-800-WIS-VETS (1-800-947-8387)
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or Text to 838255 to Get Help Now