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Apply to Pets and Vets

Veterans of the United States Military who meet the following criteria are eligible to be matched with a potential psychiatric service dog or emotional support animal at no cost:

  • Must provide Department of Defense Form 214 as evidence of service.
  • Must live in a stable, personal residence (Veterans in inpatient housing may receive individual training).
  • Must receive treatment in Contra Costa or Alameda Counties or be willing to travel to ARF's Walnut Creek campus.
  • Must demonstrate willingness and ability to provide proper care/training and a safe home environment for a dog for their natural lifespan.
  • Must attend training classes required for graduation for service dogs. (This is the equivalent to approximately one year of weekly sessions)


Please contact the Pets and Vets team to inquire about being matched with an animal to complement your needs.

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