When our program director pitched Homes for Animal Heroes to her fellow National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) board members in 2016, her goal was to educate the public about the critical contributions of dogs to human and animal health, as well as re-homing them post-study. Since we launched the program officially in 2017, we have been changing the conversation about animals in research in the media and other venues. The public is starting to listen!

Our immediate goal is to support the research community by expanding our reach to include those states with mandatory adoption laws, but we are ultimately aiming to be active in every state of the country. See the map of where we are currently active.

Program Goals

  • Establish a foster and rehoming network in every state.
  • Grow a network of committed foster volunteers.
  • Facilitate the permanent rehoming of retired research dogs.
  • Cultivate mutually supportive relationships with research facilities and professionals.
  • Implement informative campaigns about biomedical research by providing factual information and sharing first-hand experiences of people and pets who have benefited from animal research.
  • Generate facts-based conversations about biomedical research into mainstream media.
  • Start a constructive and realistic conversation about animal research with the public.

How We Are Funded

To accomplish these goals, Homes for Animal Heroes relies on the generosity of animal lovers, research advocates, and friends like you. In addition to online donations and gifts by mail, our annual Run for Research Awareness has become the HAH signature fund-raising event, with teams and individuals like you across the nation registering to run/walk. Registration for the run is open April 1 and continues through June 30.