Save a life.

Save a life.

Save a life.Save a life.Save a life.

Rescuing shelter pets and helping those that served our country.

About Pets and Vets USA

The problem


The US shelter system is broken. An estimated 5 to 6 million homeless animals are killed each year.

In parallel, the programs available for.returning veterans is limited and often filled to capacity. Approximately 18% or more than 67,000 of the homeless are veterans.

Pets and Vets USA is mending these systems, saving dogs, creating hope and re-building lives. 

Join us and make a difference. 

Our mission


The mission of Pets and Vets USA is to create jobs, train and shelter homeless veterans, and rescue homeless pets across the United States and train service dogs and find them forever homes:

Build and manage a dog kennel for rescued pets from across the United States.

Provide homeless military veterans employment, training and shelter to manage the kennels, learn to train homeless pets and rebuild their lives.

Train animals as companion pets and then more training as therapy dogs, service . Vets share these pets with children's hospitals, nursing homes and other medical/rehabilitation facilities to provide comfort to others. 

Therapy pets that qualify will then be trained to be service animals for disabled veterans (eg.; with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, ambulatory issues, etc.).

Our beginnings


Pets and Vets USA began from a promise between a mother and a son. Peter Thomas Cangelosi and his mother, Carol Ann, pledged to make a difference by agreeing to donate time and resources to the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, Carol Ann became ill and passed in 2005. 

In 2013, Peter renewed his promise, by pledging funds on death row dogs in shelters across the United States. Then Peter saved his first dog,  "Truth" a bull dog/pit bull mix. The dog was minutes from being euthanized in a region where hundreds of thousands of pit bull mixes die every year. After a long journey, he joined Peter in Illinois and was renamed Miracle.

During this time, Peter learned more about the countless dogs euthanized and the homeless veterans who had put their life on the line. Peter decided to keep his promise to his  mother and make a difference by helping homeless veterans so he founded

Pets and Vets USA, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Pets and Vets USA


Pets and Vets USA rescues shelter pets destined to be destroyed. Check out the amazing dogs in our care. Maybe you'll find your next best friend!


Help our pets. Honor our vets.

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