Who We Are

Homes for Animal Heroes is a national program dedicated to rehoming retired research dogs and sharing the facts about the critical role animals in research play in curing disease.

The program was inspired by the research community’s desire to find loving homes for their animals, as well as the need to educate the public on the facts about our animal heroes and how they improve human and animal lives.

The truth is that virtually every vaccine, treatment, cure, diagnostic and surgical procedure available today has been made possible through studies with animals. Research animals, the highly trained professionals who care for them, and the researchers themselves, are heroes to people and animals they will probably never meet and they deserve our gratitude

The Homes for Animal Heroes network of staff, foster volunteers, and research facilities works together to accommodate retired research dogs. Our goal is to reach every state across the country, one location at a time. We aim to match each canine hero with a permanent, loving home through a comprehensive foster-based program.

About National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)
Homes for Animal Heroes is a program of National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization. Founded in 1991, NAIA’s mission is to promote the welfare of animals, strengthen the human-animal bond, and safeguard the rights of responsible animal owners, enthusiasts, and professionals through research, public information, and sound public policy.

NAIA represents a broad spectrum of animal owners and endorses the development and advancement of high standards of care for pets, livestock, research animals, and animals in sport, recreation, and education. NAIA also promotes scientifically based wildlife management, sustainable development and use of resources, and agricultural practices that consider humans and livestock as an integral part of the environment.