We’re Here to Serve

Our team offers a free, personalized matching service to connect each Veteran with an animal who will complement the Veteran’s lifestyle and help them achieve their goals.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must provide evidence of service through an acceptable form of military identification including: military I.D. card, VA health identification card, discharge paperwork with matching photo identification, or Department of Defense Form 214 with matching photo identification.
  • Live in a stable, personal residence. (Veterans in inpatient housing may be eligible to receive individual training.)
  • Receive treatment in Contra Costa or Alameda Counties or be willing to travel to ARF’s Walnut Creek campus. 
  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to provide proper care/training and a safe home environment for a dog for their natural lifespan. 
  • Service dog placements need to attend training classes required for graduation. (This is the equivalent to approximately nine months to one year of weekly sessions.)