1555 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16511
Pets for Vets


We are pleased to announce The ANNA Shelter is now an official chapter of the National Pets for Vets Campaign - one of only 22 in the United States and only one of three approved animal shelters!


The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal. 

Sadly, there are alarming statistics of suicide, family abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder facing veterans returning to civilian life after military duty. This can cause a downward spiral of apathy, unemployment, broken relationships, addiction and depression. It is our belief that companion animals can be the life saving therapy or friend that many returning service men and women need.

Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety, symptoms experienced by many serving in the military.

Pets for Vets believes that companion animals can be a life saving therapy that many U.S servicemen and women need.

Pets for Vets team members from ANNA interviews each veteran to ascertain exactly what he or she is looking for in a companion animal; we pair this with his or her personality and lifestyle to make the perfect pet/veteran match. Once the perfect pet is selected for the veteran, he then spends time in the home of our trainer who teaches him basic obedience and other valuable behaviors needed to live with his new owner. This can include becoming comfortable with wheel chairs or behaviors needed to help with PTSD and TBI. All training is positive reinforcement, reward based training.


We’re excited to begin this new venture at the shelter and are thrilled to be honoring our Nation’s heroes with this amazing program!  Please click the following link to apply!


A Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Animal Welfare Association


Ruth Thompson, Director