National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships
Operation: Hero-Animal Bond
VA’s Office of Community Engagement (OCE) recently facilitated a national strategic partnership between the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) to improve the quality of life for both Veterans and animals. Shared partnership goals include promoting opportunities for Veterans to volunteer at and adopt animals from local animal shelters, animal rescues and humane societies.
The partnership between VHA and The HSUS aims to improve the health and well-being of Veterans through promoting the human-animal bond, pet keeping and other healthy interactions with animals. Other expected results are a greater understanding of pet ownership and responsibility and more Veteran involvement in the community.
“There are many benefits to pet ownership for both Veterans and to animals in need of care and shelter,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. “The greatest benefit for both can be a more fulfilled quality of life. We are pleased to work with The HSUS on this important initiative and are excited about its potential to create more opportunities to serve.”