Frequently Asked Questions


I am a veteran. How do I adopt a pet from Black Ops Rescue?

  • Complete an application form (Here)
  • Provide valid proof of military service (such as DD- 2, or a DD-214, or a Veterans Identification Card (VIC),or discharge awards, or military photos of the applicant)
  • Complete a telephone or in person interview with our staff to discuss all factors involved in adopting a pet from Black Ops Rescue: species, temperament traits, any limitations, activity levels, etc.

Once we have received and reviewed your application, we will be in touch.

Do you adopt out service animals?

No. We adopt out companion and emotional support animals.

What is the difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal?

A service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as: "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability."

A companion animal is a domestic pet that may provide certain health benefits related to reduced stress and anxiety, increased physical and/or social activity, as well as promote a sense of connection. 

An emotional support animal (ESA) or support animal, is a companion animal (pet) that provides some benefit for a person affected by a mental health condition or emotional disorder.  

How much does it cost for a veteran to adopt a pet?

It costs nothing for a veteran to adopt a pet from Black Ops Rescue. This is our way of thanking you for your service.

Do you adopt pets out to the general public?

Not at this time. Our focus is on serving our veterans. We may occasionally offer a pet for adoption to the general public if the circumstance of the veteran changes or if a pet and veteran are not a good match. We encourage the general public to adopt from shelters!

Why is your focus on black pets?

Black cats and black dogs are often harder to adopt out from a shelter for a variety of reasons. They are more difficult to photograph and see in a dimly lit kennel environment. There is a history of negative superstitions and portrayals attached to black pets in myth and media. Sometimes they are viewed as "generic" by potential adopters. 

We recognize each black pet as an individual that is as deserving of a loving home as any and all other pets. We focus on them because there is a need for them to have a champion.

Do you only adopt out black pets?

No. Although our focus is primarily on black pets we can, and do, rescue and adopt out pets of all sizes, shapes, and colors. The key criteria is finding the best match between the veteran and the shelter pet.