About dog therapy for veterans:
- Dog Therapy for PTSD Vets (Jan 26, 2011) - Link
- Man's Best Friend Could Soon be Veteran's Best Medicine (Jan 20, 2011) - Link
- Fido Just May be Your Best Treatment for Relieving PTSD Symptoms (Mar. 1, 2012) - Link
Etiquette and assistance dogs:
Warning about service dog scams:]
- Throwing Veterans a Bone - Be wary of service dog scam (Jan 10, 2011) - Link
Uniform standards for service dogs and therapy animals:
- DoD one step closer to creating uniform standards for service dogs, therapy animals (Apr 21, 2011) - Link
Veteran's Affairs Guide and Service Dogs articles
Health coverage (Trupanion) for veteran service dogs (Jan 27, 2014) - Link Veteran's Best Friend has a listing of excellent articles - Link
- "Is that a Service Dog?" Etiquette for seeing and meeting a Service Dog
- Federal Government Definition of what is a service animal
- Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business
- FAQ's Concerning Air Travel of People with Disabilities Under the Amended Air Carrier Access Act Regulation
- Guide Dogs and Service Dogs on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Property
- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services
Alpha K9 donates time, equipment and training in order to provide PTSD service dogs to veterans, first responders and children in a hope that a PTSD service dog will provide the recipient with an opportunity to live a more normal life and alleviate the stressors that are preventing them from entering society. Alpha K9 has already donated multiple service animals in 2012 to both veterans and kids in the local community and plans to continue to provide PTSD service dogs.
Always Faithful Dogs
St. Charles, IL
Always Faithful is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to serving disabled military veterans with free service and therapy dogs. To achieve this, Always Faithful will provide the resources to obtain and train a dog according to the needs of the disabled military veteran.
American Humane Association
Given the increasing number of veterans returning from long deployments—often serving multiple consecutive tours as never seen before in the U.S. military—and many requiring mental health services, rates of mental health care use have steadily increased, taxing the health care system at large and creating a need for additional support sources. American Humane Association can meet this need through the Service Dogs for Veterans program, which assists veterans in adopting and training a shelter dog as a service dog.
America's Vet Dogs
America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps® is a not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided guide dogs and training at no cost to people who are blind or visually impaired, including veterans.
Battle Buddies Service Dogs, Inc.
Battle Buddies Service Dogs Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization that offers dignity, hope, and independence by providing highly trained & skilled service dogs to disabled American Veterans while serving the community by advancing public education of disabilities, the ADA and service dogs through advocacy, education, research and service.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and surrounding areas, from Georgetown to Wilmington, North Carolina
Our mission is to save dogs from our local shelters, obedience train and place them in foster homes for socialization and advanced training, and to certify them as working service dogs. We then donate them to our disabled American veterans for free!
Canine Battle Buddies
Canine Battle Buddies is a program under the umbrella of K9 Soldiers, Inc. a nonprofit. The purpose of this program is to assist in providing the right canine to a well informed, well trained human partner who is suffering from PTSD and in need of a canine battle buddy.
Canine Companions for Independence
Regional centers across the U.S.
Canine Companions for Independence® provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart!
Canine Partners for Life
Canine Partners For Life (CPL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Based in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, CPL places service dogs nationwide. Home companion dogs are generally placed within a 250-mile radius of the campus (sometimes further) and residential companions are place within a 100-mile radius of the campus.
Each CPL dog receives a comprehensive and customized training program to meet the specific needs of their human partner. Depending on the assigned program, the dog will receive up to two years of training before being trained to work with its person. CPL has one of the strongest follow-up programs in the industry to ensure the success of each team throughout the lifetime of the partnership.
Canines and Heroes for Independence (Brigadoon)
Brigadoon is honored to introduce a program for veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The veterans who are diagnosed with these conditions have a difficult time handling the stress and the memories of the event which impacted their ability to perform day to day functions, interact normally with family and friends, and maintain gainful employment.
The name of this program is CHI – Canines and Heroes for Independence.
When teamed with a well-mannered service dog the veteran is able to receive a vitally important reality affirmation when the dog is summoned. Tactile stimulation can be very calming under stressful situations.
The dog can be trained to nudge his partner to “snap” the veteran out of a frozen moment caused by anxiety or wake him up while having nightmares, or night terrors by turning on a light. The veteran can give a cue for the dog to stand between himself and other people to feel more comfortable in public places.
Canines for Veterans (Canines for Service)
Canines for Veterans is a national program that provides Veterans with disabilities quality trained service dogs. The program works with military prisoners at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston and teaches them how to train rescue dogs as service dogs for the wounded and injured Veteran. Know as the “triple win” the Canines for Veterans program has twice been awarded a Newman’s Own Award for program innovations supporting our military and their families and has recently been approved by the US Department of Labor as an apprenticeship program.
Circle of Change
Circle of Change seeks to help veterans who suffer from the effects of traumatic events by providing both dog training and handling experiences in order to develop confidence, respect, and trust, thereby improving the veterans’ quality of life, self esteem and social skills.
Companions for Heroes
Companions for Heroes provides companion animals and skilled companion dogs, obtained from shelters and/or rescues, free of charge (after reimbursement) to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. Companions for Heroes increases public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals.
Courageous Companions (ASIST/ASSISTER)
Courageous Companions started as a six month pilot project, in June 2010. The purpose of the pilot project was to develop protocols for matching animals from animal rescue organizations with returning military personnel who have visible and invisible disabilities, to speed the soldiers' recovery. Terrance Green, Chairperson of ASIST, calls it “a partnership for healing.”
Growing scientific evidence demonstrates that animals can make a difference in helping people cope with disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. The Courageous Companions project matches dogs with injured soldiers to overcome limitations imposed on the soldier, by temporary or permanent disabilities.
Our mission is to provide services to shelters and rescue groups for training and transporting adoptable dogs. One of our projects includes Companions for Life, a training program to provide service dogs to returning soldiers and others with needs for the physical or emotional support a dog can offer.
Dogs for Heroes
Our mission to take in rescued Pitty/Bully Breeds, train them as companion, therapy, and service dogs for veterans with PTSD.
Dogs for Veterans (Many Paths Animal Rescue)
Fruitland Park, FL (and Nationwide)
Our mission is to train and place service dogs that will enhance the lives of American veterans who have become disabled as a result of serving in the United States Armed Forces, giving them a little something back for their tremendous sacrifices.
Dogs of Honor
The mission of Dogs of Honor is to inspire hope and provide relevant information to veterans in need.
Dogs of Honor.US has been created to raise awareness, support our warriors, and provide relevant information that can provide and direct veterans with PTSD toward a world of realistic treatment options. In this case, the use of canines that can unconditionally connect with the veterans and help shepherd them back into the America they volunteered to defend.
Dogs 2 Vets
Fort Campbell, KY
Dogs 2 Vets is a not-for-profit organization founded by Deborah Lamere, a Wounded Warrior, in early 2011. We evaluate, train and certify therapy and companion dogs in order to provide love, support and companionship to our wounded service men and women. All dogs involved in our program are rescues from area shelters and rescue groups like Jack's Place Animal Rescue (please note that we do not train personal dogs). We emerged as the Fort Campbell, Kentucky area's premier provider of therapeutic dogs for our Wounded Warriors recovering in the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU). This was our way of taking care of, and giving back to, our men and women in uniform.
Dogs 2 Vets provides dogs to meet a crucial need, helping Warriors with visible and invisible wounds such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These dogs provide comfort and support to our returning servicemen and women. We promote the use and benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) through awareness, education, acceptance, treatment and support. All therapy dogs are trained and tested to Delta Society standards and are always under the supervision of health care professionals (occupational therapists and physical therapists). Dogs in the programs are selected and trained with the express purpose of assisting with, and mitigating the effects of: depression, anxiety, isolation, motivation, confidence, distraction from pain and more. These dogs have a very important job - giving our Wounded Warriors and Veterans loving support, companionship and facilitating greater independence.
Dog Tags (Puppies Behind Bars)
New York, NY
Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us was established by Puppies Behind Bars to provide service dogs to veterans returning home from Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF) who have suffered a physical injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or exhibit Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Puppies Behind Bars provides service dogs to veterans completely free of charge.
Dog T.A.G.S. Program
Dog T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve) is a service dog owner training program for veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The veteran trains his/her personal dog with the help of experienced dog trainers. We have veterans who have served in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to present day Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dog T.A.G.S. was incorporated on December 6, 2012. The Founders of the organization are all veterans suffering from combat caused PTSD who knew the need for a program like this to help them heal. The program meets one day every week for two hours at the OTCH Dog Training Club located at 1 Souder Court, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. The veterans have the opportunity to share their thoughts in a group setting with a social worker and then train their dogs to become their service dogs with qualified trainers to instruct and review training tasks.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Nationwide and Canada
The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to promoting increased independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality guide dogs. We are a non-profit organization based in Bloomfield, CT. We breed, train and place our own, unique type of German Shepherd guide dogs with people who have visual disabilities.
4 Paws for Ability
To honor the many service men and women who are still suffering from the conflicts of war, 4 Paws for Ability will be making service/assistance dogs available to help them lead a more independent life.
A special fundraising effort is being launched to be able to place dogs free to selected disabled Veterans of the most recent wars on terror stemming from the tragic events of 9-11.
While other organizations are assisting veterans with brain injuries and loss of sight, 4 Paws has selected to assist Veterans with mobility problems or hearing loss resulting from combat injuries. The disability may be a loss of a limb, balance issues, spinal injury, deafness, or other.
4 Paws for Patriots
4 Paws 4 Patriots is a 501(c)(3) (pending) non-profit organization established to provide free service dogs to disabled veterans across the United States. We utilize various resources including staff trainers, contract trainers and local animal shelters to provide service dogs, training, and equipment to Disabled American Veterans across the country.
Four Paws for Vets
Fair Oaks, CA
Four Paws For Vets offers fully trained service dogs free of charge for wounded veterans. The program includes training with the recipient, and lifetime follow-up training as needed, for no additional charge. Service dogs in this program are trained for psychiatric responses and minimal mobility. Many of the returning wounded troops from the Iraq War could benefit from having a mobility and/or psychiatric service dog in their healing and reintegration into civilian life. Unfortunately, the need is greater than the number of trained dogs available through existing programs.
Four Paws For Vets requires a minimum 3-day a week, 6 month commitment by the veteran. Each veteran must be receiving regular counseling throughout the program. There is no cost to the veteran for their participation in the program or for receiving the dog.
These dogs are trained to block people from coming too close or sneaking up on their person, to go into a dark room and turn on the lights, to alert to repetitive motions and much more.
San Diego, CA
Freedom Dogs offers custom-trained specialty service dogs to wounded members of the military returning from armed conflict. It is reported that 40% of all returning troops suffer from PTSD. Many of these returning men and women are so mentally, physically or spiritually broken that they have little hope of returning to mainstream life.
Our unique Partner Program pairs a specialty service dog/trainer team with these heroes on a short-term, intermittent basis as an adjunct to their rehabilitation. These teams help reintegrate these young men & women back into society and normal activities of daily living.
Additionally, we offer custom trained specialty service dogs for permanent placement with these deserving warriors.
Freedom Service Dogs of America
Our mission is to acquire and train dogs that have the potential to successfully undergo and complete the rigorous seven to ten month training that allows them to assist people with disabilities, thus increasing their independence and peace of mind. We focus our efforts on donating these wonderful animals to disabled military veterans to help restore some normalcy to their difficult lives. Virtually all Freedom Service Dogs are rescued themselves from shelters. Those that do not fulfill all the comprehensive training requirements are found adoptive homes.
Gabby Jack Ranch (Homefront Dogs)
The Homefront Dogs Program is intended to place companion dogs with eligible veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life. Ultimately, we hope that by placing a puppy with newly returning veterans, the puppy will help the veteran to adjust to civilian life without becoming affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Those who are diagnosed with PTSD after a dog has been placed with them will continue to be eligible for Gabby Jack Ranch training through to full Service Dog certification.
This program provides Basic and Advanced Service Dog Training [FREE OF CHARGE, subject to available funding] to U.S. veterans who have been home for less than one year. This program is designed to help returning veterans reintegrate into civilian life.
The service dog placement and training program is available to any U.S. veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, no matter how long the veteran has been home.
G.I. DOGS, Serving Those Who Served is a Nevada Humane Society program dedicated to transforming abandoned animals into service dogs and companion pets for Nevada's military veterans.
Guardian Angel Service Dogs (Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers)
Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. is a fully incorporated organization whose mission is to provide education and training about the role of service dogs and the different types of assistance they may provide to persons with health issues such as Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, Hypoglycemic Unawareness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. It is important for the general public to know that people whose lives might be improved or even saved by having a service dog, may not have a visible disability.
In addition, Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. will help with the costs associated with the purchase and training of a service dog for individuals who would benefit from having a canine companion in their lives to enhance their quality of life and to remove barriers that prevent these individuals from living their lives to the fullest extent possible.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
There are over 52 million people or approximately 20% of our population in the United States that are mentally and/or physically handicapped and those numbers continue to grow significantly each year. It is estimated that with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that there is an additional 25% to 30% increase in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). There are over 11 million people who require assistance with one or more daily activities such as walking, picking up dropped items, answering the phone, etc. Roughly 12 million others require a wheelchair or some other ambulatory equipment such as a cane, walker or crutches. The assistance these disabled people require not only strips them of their individual freedoms and quality of life, but also, often creates an enormous burden on the caregivers and community.
It is our goal, that by combining our business skills and specialized training abilities that we can bring dignity and independence to many of these disabled people through the use of our specially trained service dogs. For that purpose, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. was founded in north central Florida. Though the southern United States has the highest numbers of disabled people, we are improving the lives of special needs individuals everywhere and have paired dog teams from Florida to California.
Halley's K9's for Veterans
Halley's K9s is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs, rehabilitates them, matches them with a veteran, and then "Make one team at a time."
Hawaii Fi-do Service Dogs
Hawaii Fi-Do is dedicated to be part of the healing process of our retuning US servicemen and woman suffering from PTSD and other war related injuries. These injured veterans not only bear the physical wounds but also the mental scars of battle while in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The psychological wounds are just as devastating to service members and their families as physical wounds. Our dogs can alert, distract or respond to situation and act as the focal point as a coping strategy to ride out the symptoms in addition to offering therapeutic benefits both mentally and physically.
Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit corporation whose purpose is to train and place service dogs with military veterans who have been injured and/or disabled while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
High Plains Service Dogs and Therapeutic Riding Center
Started as a dream given by God, High Plains Service Dogs and Therapeutic Riding Center is a non profit organization established to provide highly trained service dogs to those with various disabilities. We will also provide therapeutic riding program to children and adults with disabilities. We will also have a program for at risk youth to voluntarily work with the animals and participants to gain life experience and self esteem. The dogs we use are rescued from local shelters and rescues. We save their life, allowing that organization to help another dog, and in return the dog once trained can save another life by giving back to their recipient and their family by giving independence. Help save at least two lives in one package deal.
We rescue dogs from local shelters to be service dogs for individuals with disabilities. We train dogs for Diabetes, Autism, Parkinson's, MS, MD (Other mobility needs), PTSD, sight impaired, hearing impaired and many more.
Veteran owned and operated, Homer's Heroes is rooted in a sincere desire to provide service K-9's to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other service connected disabilities.
Hounds 2 Heroes
White Plains, KY
Dogs rescued by Jack's Place, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue located in White Plains, KY are trained and made available to any wounded warrior. The dogs are abandoned, deemed un-adoptable, or rescued from kill-shelters. Once restored to good health, and spayed or neutered, the dogs are ready for socialization and training in the Death Row Dogs program.
Death Row Dogs is an intensive 12-week training program that pairs these "last chance" dogs with inmates at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City, KY. The dogs and inmates work with a certified dog trainer and each must pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification before graduating.
If you have been wounded, suffer from PTSD or TBI, you may be eligible to receive a free dog for emotional support, to serve as a companion, or as a service dog.
Upper Marlboro, MD
Our mission is to provide assistance dogs to active duty and retired military personnel who have been injured or experienced trauma while serving in the current conflicts.
K9s for Warriors
The K9s For Warriors program is a unique, three week, in house program for Post 9/11 active duty troops and veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD or TBIs. Warriors live together, train together, eat together and recover together. Additionally, 95% of our service dogs are former shelter dogs. Give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes.
Last Chance Arkansas (Paws 4 Hope)
Little Rock, AR
Paws 4 Hope LCA is a non-profit organization which rescues exceptional dogs and trains them to help people with exceptional needs. As a sub-division of Last Chance for Arkansas Animals, our mission is to support LCA. Rescuing dogs is core to what we do. These amazing animals are given a second chance at life and most often they will go on to graduate as a fully certified Service Dog. Realizing the outstanding potential of some dogs in rescue facilities, Paws 4 Hope LCA works with the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Paws In Prison (PIP) program to place rescue dogs with inmate trainers and teach them how to train the dogs as service/assistance dogs, educational assistance dogs or therapy dogs for various types of facilities as well as skilled family pets.
Mutts Assisting Soldier Heroes (M*A*S*H)
Texas, New Mexico
We provide Service Dog Public Access training at NO CHARGE to our vets and wounded warriors! Training takes place in and around the El Paso, TX, and Las Cruces, NM, area.
NEADS Assistance Dogs (Canines for Combat Veterans)
- Has placed over 1300 assistance dog teams since 1976
- Is accredited by Assistance Dogs International
- Is endorsed by therapeutic professionals
- Serves numerous repeat and long-term clients
- Matches each client with a custom-trained dog
- Begins each dog’s training at 8 weeks old and continues through adulthood
New Horizons Service Dogs
New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. (NHSDI) fosters relationships between service dogs and disabled Florida veterans for a lifetime of unconditional love, mobility, and independence. NHSDI has served over 200 clients in the state of Florida, several of whom were veterans with disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and a multitude of severe orthopedic conditions.
Operation Delta Dog
Operation Delta Dog is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other challenges.
Operation Dog Tag
Operation Dog Tag trains dogs for veterans returning from combat dealing with PTSD and TBI.
Operation Dog Tag is a Spokane based non-profit organization under Pointman International Ministries. We are dedicated to all of our men and women who served in combat and their families who love them. We teach and instruct these veterans to train qualified service dogs for other combat veterans to meet their critical needs, whether for assistance with post traumatic stress or crutches, canes, walkers and wheel chaired. We are very determined to help veterans and their families begin living their lives again, as we “Make Man’s Best Friend Even Better For A Veteran.”
All the dogs that are trained through Operation Dog Tag either come from the Spokane Humane Society or are dogs already owned by the veteran. There is no cost to the veteran who is receiving a dog!!
Operation Freedom Paws
Operation Freedoms Paws works to empower veterans and others with disabilities to live a quality life. We do that by teaching them the skills to train their own service dog, capitalizing on the ability of the canine human relationship to help them regain their purpose, worth and value to society and their community. We train the individual to train their own dog, and then certify them together as a Service dog team.
Spring Branch, TX
Operation K9 is dedicated to training service dogs for our wounded military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury or have physical injury(s), sustained in combat, that warrant the need for a service dog.
Operation K9 is a non-profit organization which launched in early 2012 and was officially designated a 501(c)(3) organization in September 2012. All of our staff are volunteers and all donations go directly to the mission of training service dogs. Joan Moss, one of the founders of Operation K9, brings over 40 years of dog training experience in both environments, civilian and law enforcement.
Each dog has a comprehensive training program to meet the individual needs of the selected veteran. Operation K9 adheres to the ADI training standards and is actively working towards accreditation.
Our mission at Operation Wolfhound is to provide Armed Forces veterans with dogs that will serve as companions and help them adjust to civilian life.
PAALS Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services
PAALS places service dogs with soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid with the mental, physical, or combination of disabilities.
Patriot Paws Service Dogs
Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs for the benefit of disabled American veterans in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence, and to provide a service for other American’s with mobile disabilities.
High Point, NC
The mission of Patriot Rovers is to provide professionally trained and certified Psychiatric Service Dogs, instruction, and therapeutic group comraderie to Veteran men and women struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of their service to our country and restore their physical and emotional independence.
PawPADS (Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs)
Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Savage, Minnesota that provides highly trained assistance dogs to persons with disabilities.
Paws & Effect
Des Moines, IA
Paws & Effect is a non-profit that trains and places psychiatric service, mobility, and therapy dogs with veterans diagnosed with PTSD and others.
Paws and Stripes
Rio Rancho, NM
Paws and Stripes™ is a nonprofit organization for wounded veterans of our United States military that works to provide service dogs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The service dogs are obtained only from shelters, and are trained by professionals specializing in service dogs. It is the aim of this organization to provide these dogs and training for no cost to the veteran.
Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE)
PAVE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs for veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities and to advance public knowledge of service dogs and the essential roles they play.
Our organization is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities through trained service dogs, empowering them and their families to achieve lifelong successes and to pave their way home.
Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors
Palos Heights, IL
Paws Assisting Wounded Warriors is dedicated to training service dogs for disabled veterans!. We are committed to providing these trained service dogs and all related expenses at no cost to our veterans.
Paws for Patriots TM (Southeastern Guide Dogs)
Southeastern Guide Dogs' Paws for Patriots™ Program provides professionally trained guide dogs, 26 days of residential training and lifetime follow-up services to American veterans - free of charge. The program also provides therapy dogs to individuals and military facilities such as the National Naval Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Paws for People Foundation
paws4people is a nonprofit organization operating in nine states, with more than 175 dogs certified to work as service animals aiding special education students, seniors, combat veterans and the seriously ill or disabled. Many of the dogs are trained by inmates in federal correctional institutions in West Virginia and Georgia.
Paws for PTSD
Paws for Purple Hearts
Rohnert Park, CA
Paws for Purple Hearts is the first program of its kind to offer therapeutic intervention for our military servicemen and women through training service dogs. Under the guidance of Rick Yount, founder of Paws for Purple Hearts, service dog training provides service members the ability to reintegrate into civilian life. Once training is complete, the service dogs are paired with veterans who have sustained mobility-limiting injuries–thus building on the time-honored tradition of veterans helping veterans.
Paws for Troops
Sherman Oaks, CA
Paws for Troops is a group of volunteers that are enabling military veterans and animals to heal from trauma together.
It is our belief that animals are healing and they offer a level of acceptance to us that is unequaled. With that in mind, we also believe that the military training the veterans have received bring a level of trust to animals in distress.
As an organization, we are looking to assist military organizations, such as the VA, the America Legion and others, by facilitating the veterans as volunteers at local animal shelters and rescue groups.
The goal, at all times, is to maintain dignity for both the veterans and the animals. We believe that we can assist in raising the awareness for the needs of both group and this can offer new opportunities for the veterans.
Paws for Veterans, Inc.
Paws for Vets Inc. is a community-based organization whose purpose is to provide dogs to be trained as psychiatric service dogs to aide in the rehabilitation of veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress. This is a type of animal assisted therapy that works with the bond between animals and humans.The relationship that forms allows for emotional healing. Stress is decreased and confidence is increased. Our dogs are trained specifically for their companions needs.
Paws 4 Hearts Working Therapy Dogs
San Antonio, TX
Paws 4 Hearts Working Therapy Dogs is a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing lives one paw print at a time.”
We are an exceptional and elite group of highly trained therapy dog teams that offer pet assistance therapy. Based in San Antonio, Texas, we evaluate and train all interested dog teams in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. We currently have therapy teams based out of Texas and Washington. Our teams provide smiles and encouragement, as well as physical and emotional support for many.
We visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, military facilities, schools, and other specialized facilities - where ever our physical and emotional support is needed most. Our working therapy dogs are making a difference one paw print at a time.
Paws 4 Liberty
Lake Worth, FL
Paws 4 Liberty, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the independence of physically and emotionally disabled Soldiers and others in need by raising, training and placing quality service dogs. Our mission is to raise, train and place quality service dogs with disabled Soldiers and others in need.
Paws 4 Vets
The paws4peopleTM Foundation (www.paws4people.org) privately places trained, certified and insured Assistance Dogs (AD) with individuals with physical, neurological, psychological and/or emotional disabilities.
Through the paws4vetsTM Assistance Dog Placement Program (p4vADPP) Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members (ADSM) or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs, free of charge.
All paws4peopleTM Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons (www.paws4prisons.org) and/or the paws4vetsTM Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program.
Our newest program is The paws4vetsTM’s Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program (ADTP). This program has two primary goals:
- to provide the Wounded Warriors with a unique opportunity to experience the “Special Therapeutic Powers” of the K-9/Human Bond enabling the Soldier to recover from, or at least learn to better cope with, handle and manage their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, and,
- to train, certify and place Assistance Dogs with Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members (ADSM) or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities.
Pawz 4 Wounded Vets (Canine Support Team)
When wounded soldiers go through rehabilitation therapy, they are surrounded by men and women who have shared their experiences in battle. But when they return home, these veterans leave this support system behind, and some may have concerns when making the transition back to civilian life. Not only does a service dog provide assistance with daily activities, the dog serves as a bridge: people focus on the dog, not the disability, and this leads to conversation and acceptance. For some veterans the dog gives them the motivation to continue to conquer the challenges of everyday life.
Canine Support Teams provides service dogs free of charge to those who have been wounded in the service of our country and who are now seeking the enhanced mobility and independence as assistance dog offers.
Pets Assisting Wounded Soldiers (PAWS)
Pets Assisting Wounded Soldiers (PAWS) is a non-breed specific dog/cat rescue organization. We are dedicated to the education, rescue, and rehabilitation of unwanted dogs/cats, with a special focus on senior dogs and Pit Bull breeds often deemed unadoptable. Our purpose is to connect a soldier/veteran with a deserving dog/cat, thus providing companionship/rehabilitating both in the process. PAWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. We operate on donations and through foster homes, we do not have a shelter facility.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots is a nationally-operating charity saving lives through companion pet adoption for service and veteran members of the United States military. Through our network of adoption partners, we pair at-risk shelter dogs and cats with veterans in need of a loving, therapeutic companion pet.
To ensure these bonds are healthy and enduring, Pets for Patriots reduces the overall costs of pet ownership for military personnel through access to ongoing discounted veterinary care, contributions towards the purchase of pet food and other essentials and sponsor-provided pet discounts. Applicants are welcome from any armed forces and at any stage of their careers. Learn more at www.petsforpatriots.org and let us help you find your new best friend.
Pets for Vets
Regional chapters in various states
The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from having a companion animal.
This is a win-win way to give back to our troops who have given so much to us. They fought hard for our country and made us proud. Pets for Vets is a concrete way to say thank you and to benefit our returning veterans.
Many of our Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffer from physical and emotional injuries making it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Pets for Vets can help! Our goal is to heal their wounds by bringing together man’s best friend and our returning soldiers while showing them both that we have not forgotten.
Pets Healing Vets
Pets Healing Vets pairs qualifying veterans returning from active duty with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with shelter animals in need of homes. This program offered by the Humane Society for Hamilton County serves veterans throughout the state of Indiana.
Our mission is to help rehabilitate veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by pairing them up with a carefully selected shelter dog or cat in need of a home.
Pets Loyal 2 Vets
PetsLoyal2Vets.org is a community based non-profit outreach organization connecting US military veterans throughout Minnesota with trained therapy companion dogs and jobs to veterans.
Our mission is to connect US military veterans diagnosed with PTSD or TBI with companion and therapy dogs by partnering with area animal shelters and rescue organizations at no cost to the veteran.
Pits for Patriots
Not just saving one life...but two.
Pits for Patriots is a Chicagoland based organization whose training team is currently training rescued pit bulls to become service dogs for veterans and first responders in need.
The Pits for Patriots Program is a non-for-profit organization that trains qualified, rescued pit bulls, to be service dogs and companions for veterans and first responders in need. The Pits for Patriots Program, is committed to helping our country’s patriots, in addition to educating the public as to the loyalty, devotion, and commitment of the pit bull breed.
ppaWWs (Paws and People assisting Wounded Warriors)
TBI and PTSD are the “invisible wounds” that many of our warriors will carry with them for life. Our dogs help to alleviate or at minimum help them cope with these wounds so they can live out their lives with more independence and confidence.
We do not provide fully trained dogs, but rather young dogs that have passed our temperament test, been house-trained, socialized and taught basic manners. Clients agree to participate in our 6 month program which focuses on a series of training stages and exercises for the client/dog team that both customizes the dog to the client's needs as well as providing cognitive therapy for the client.
Project Heal (East Coast Assistance Dogs Inc., ECAD)
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Project HEAL© is a program offered by ECAD. The program honors and empowers Wounded Warriors by providing specially trained Service Dogs to increase independence and make a difference in their lives.
Our Project HEAL© Service Dogs are individually trained by at-risk teens in our ECADemy© program. These specially trained dogs pick up dropped objects, open and close doors, open refrigerators, pull wheelchairs, prevent overcrowding in public, interrupt nightmares and flashbacks, remind to take meds, warn of approaching strangers and reduce anxiety and stress, all the while providing unconditional love and comfort.
ECAD does not charge our Wounded Warriors for these very special Service Dogs. Each veteran is provided with 13 days of Team Training instruction in our Dobbs Ferry, NY facility. Housing is provided at no cost. Veterans must pay for their own transportation to our facility as well as meals and activity costs during Team Training.
Puppy Jake Foundation
Des Moines, IA
The Puppy Jake Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred and highly trained service dogs. Such dogs are expensive, but their costs pale in comparison to the cost of what the veteran, the member of the US Armed Services, has given for our individual freedom and the freedom for our country.
SA K-9's Service Dog Club
San Antonio, TX
SA K-9’s Service Dog Club offers training of service dogs for wounded veterans with PTSD, TBI, MST, and helps families who need autistic service dogs. We work to educate service dog teams on how to handle conflicts that arise in public, to increase public awareness while educating the community on the rights and laws for service dog teams, help in placing rescue dogs that meet the requirements and temperament to become service dogs.
The mission of Semper Fido's program is to unite wounded warriors suffering with PTSD with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.
Semper Fido is a non-profit organization committed to the rehabilitation of service members and veterans that have been injured while defending our country and have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). It has been proven that using dogs for mental, as well as physical rehabilitation, can greatly benefit these warriors recovery. Semper Fido has partnered with K9 Basics Dog Training in Marlton, NJ to provide all training for the service member/veteran and their dog as a team. Dogs will be obtained from a number of sources including, but not limited to breeders, rescue groups and shelters.
Service Dog Express
San Antonio, TX
Service Dog Express was founded to provide the training of service dogs for wounded warriors/veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and civilians with disabilities such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. We also train service dogs for children and adults with disorders that lie on the autism spectrum. Service Dog Express also help clients with epilepsy and mobility issues.
Service Dog Project, Inc.
Service Dog Project, Inc. is a non-profit charity whose mission is to increase the number of service dogs available to people who are mobility-impaired. Our main focus is training Great Danes and other large breed dogs to assist balance-impaired people. This would include, but not be restricted to, Parkinson’s and MS patients. Preference is given to veterans and their families.
Service Pets for Service Vets (Rocke Solid McShane Foundation)
Erie, PA (and surrounding areas)
The mission of the Service Pets for Service Vets ™ program is to provide support and services which enhance the lives of war veterans. Program goals are to increase the amount of Psychiatric Rehabilitative Assistance dogs (PRAD) placements to veterans afflicted with PTSD and help gather and establish statistical evidence of the therapeutic need and benefit of service dogs in the treatment of PTSD.
Shelter to Soldier
San Diego, CA
Shelter to Soldier™ is a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be service companions for veterans.
Through the Shelter to Soldier™ organization, Graham Bloem will provide military personnel battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or other disabilities with a service dog from a local animal rescue or shelter. Depending on the needs of the service man or woman, a specific breed may also be necessary. The sponsored service dog will serve the critical role of psychological and/or physical assistance for the soldier. Graham’s expertise in training service dogs is unmatched in the field and provides a great platform for him to use his talents to serve our military personnel in honor of their service to our country.
Shepherds for Lost Sheep, Inc.
Shepherds for Lost Sheep, Inc. was founded by veterans hoping to enrich the lives of other veterans dealing with physical and psychological injuries. Our mission is simple: "To help veterans help themselves heal through the use of service K-9's."
While we primarily train dogs for PTSD, TBI mitigation, we realize that those aren't the only areas of a person's health affected.
We have zero paid staff!!! AND We are proud of it!!! All of our staff volunteers their time, expertise, and talent to assist in each dog's training. What does that mean for the veteran? It means all the money donated goes directly to the dogs!!
Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack
Oceanside, CA, North County San Diego and surrounding areas
Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack is a nonprofit group founded by veterans for veterans. Our mission is to assist combat wounded, injured, or disabled veterans of our Armed Forces who would benefit from the use of personally trained service dog. We also provide no cost service dog training for service members who suffer from Military Sexual Traumas (MST.) Sexual assaults within the armed forces are a serious and unfortunately, widespread issue.
We accomplish this by helping them train their personal dog or placing a rescued dog with the veteran. In either case, the veteran and the dog undergo training together to make them a certified service dog team. We can begin the screening and training process within days of being contacted by the veteran, at no cost to the veteran, a distinction which we are proud of.
We are focused on providing world-class service dog training for PTSD / TBI / stability Issues. We will do everything we can to help the service member and their dog get fully trained and certified. We provide these services for combat related issues as well as MST's.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is dedicated to serving persons with physical and psychological disabilities by training service dogs to meet client needs, while advancing the knowledge of human and canine interaction, thus leading to more fulfilling and productive lives.
With the exception of certain associated fees, Smoky Mountain Service Dogs will provide our qualified dogs to approved disabled veterans for no charge. Should the veteran and his support team want to raise funds through a fundraiser or make personal donations, it will be greatly appreciated but no approved disabled Veteran will be refused a dog due to lack of funds.
Soldier's Best Friend
Our mission is to provide United States military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog, most of these dogs of which will be rescued from local shelters.
Stiggy's Dogs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of our military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. We offer another way to heal through Psychiatric Service Dogs. Our dogs are rescued shelter dogs that are trained specifically for each veteran. By uniting these military heroes and our dogs, we are “Rescuing One to Rescue Another.”
Susquehanna Service Dogs
SSD trains service dogs or hearing dogs especially for the unique needs of military veterans. We have experience with a wide range of disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans who live in Pennsylvania will receive a dog at no cost due to the generous support of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Eastern Star.
TADSAW - Train A Dog, Save A Warrior
San Antonio, TX
The mission of TADSAW is to provide for the training of a service dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, for any wounded warrior, active duty or veteran, surviving with PTSD/TBI/MST in order to restore and improve the warrior's quality of life with a canine Battle Buddy at no charge to the warrior.
The Sam Simon Foundation
We provide service dogs trained for veterans diagnosed with PTSD as a result of serving in the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts. Other tasks we may train for include assistance with hearing loss, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and moderate physical limitations due to injury.
The Tower of Hope
New York, NY
The Tower of Hope's mission is to empower people who are living with a disability or a chronic illness to live more independently by providing them with specially trained service dogs. Our primary focus is on providing these amazing animals to combat-wounded veterans - those that have suffered great physical or mental trauma defending freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having a service dog to help get through the day, and to be a constant companion, is truly a life-altering gift that we can give to these brave men and women.
The United States Service Dog Registry
We are a a free, voluntary, non-governmental, privacy-conscious and secure Service Dog registry designed to promote community-defined training, behavior and etiquette standards. We have been developed to help provide free self-identification — online and offline — for disabled individuals who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to use a Service or Assistance Dog.
This Able Veteran
This Able Veteran (TAV) is not-for-profit organization providing trained service dogs for our wounded veterans; working in collaboration with the Veterans Administration in educating trainers in our Service Dog Trainers Academy; developing a service dog certification program, development of a service dog breeding program.
Train a Dog Save a Warrior (Penny's from Heaven Foundation)
San Antonio, TX
Our mission is providing physical and emotional rehabilitation through pet assisted therapy. Our program objectives are as follows:
- Honoring America’s fallen heroes by providing support and encouragement to our service men and women in rehabilitation, through pet assisted therapy, offering hope and inspiration to them, as well as their families.
- Nurturing, training, and caring for the special dogs that provide therapy or service.
- Affording advancement and encouragement to any person, or persons, in a rehabilitation environment through pet assisted therapy.
- Promoting and educating others through stories of healing, service, and courage exhibited by these animals, patients, or persons who have served our nation.
U.S. Vets Adopt Pets
San Francisco, CA
Our ultimate purpose is a suicide prevention measure to aid in the healing and moving on from war and loss with the life enhancing love of a furry friend. Educational emphasis on the health benefits of pet ownership. Our goal is to provide the pet free of charge by paying the pet shelter adoption fee.
Helping those who have served our country honorably to live with dignity and independence whether they are visually impaired or have other special needs, by using guide dogs, service dogs, and innovative technologies.
Veteran's Best Friend
Veteran's Best Friend seeks support for the military veteran men and women who suffer with some form of psychological condition and finding homes for shelter and homeless animals so that both may live in dignity as they embark on their journey together. Veteran’s Best Friend will provide our nation’s heroes with accessible, cost-effective animal companionship and (service dog) training.
The goal of Veteran's Best Friend is to place appropriate dogs and provide the necessary training so that the dog can be the veterans’ psychiatric service dog. We view this goal as a win-win for both the dog and veteran involved. Not only does such a union benefit the dog and veteran, but it also benefits the community by helping the veteran. Many veterans that suffer from psychological conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder find daily activities very challenging, tasks like going to the store or even work can disable them.
Veterans Moving Forward
Our mission is to provide service dogs to veterans with physical and mental health challenges.
Our vision is to be the premier, national, not-for-profit organization for veterans seeking and receiving assistance/service or skilled companion dogs at no cost to the veterans. Be the most effective and trusted resource to provide canine therapy for veterans. Optimize veterans' employment in distributing service dogs to veterans to meet growing demands. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of our veterans and increase their safety and independence within their environment.
New York, Florida
The mission of Veterans PetReach is to foster, train and place a carefully selected shelter or rescue animal with a veteran who can benefit from the presence of a companion animal.
At this time, Veterans PetReach is only serving the Rochester/Finger Lakes area of New York and the Tampa Bay area of Florida. A number of other agencies are beginning to serve veteran populations around the country. We learn of new groups every day, so you might try checking with your local VA, area shelters or dog training services for information about similar organizations serving veterans in your area.
Vets Adopt Pets
San Francisco, CA
Support for U.S. veterans adopting shelter pets for companion or service animal needs. Our role is to pull together the many organizations, information and resources that exist to enable veterans to heal with a service dog or enjoy a companion animal adopted from a pet shelter. And to encourage pet shelters to honor our veterans with adoption fee waivers.
Vets 4 Vets
Fort Lewis, WA
As a veteran, we understand the challenges you face in acquiring your service dog. There are many obstacles to overcome from medical evaluations and funding, to service dog training and certification.
Our mission as a certified 501 (c)(3) is to assist veterans of all eras in the training and certification of a service dog for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and a myriad of other mental or physical issues. We encourage you to reach out to us and share your story. We host workshops and have an abundance of resources to get you the help you are looking for.
On this site, you will not only learn more about our organization, but also receive helps and valuable resources for yourself, family members and your service dog.
Vets Helping Heroes
Vets Helping Heroes is a not-for-profit organization created to solicit and provide funds for qualified training facilities so that they may provide assistance dogs and training to veterans and active-duty military personnel who have been wounded in the post 9/11 conflicts.
Wags 4 Warriors
The mission of Wags 4 Warriors is to unite veterans returning home from war who suffer from PTSD and/or TBI with an appropriate dog, and to provide all of the training, equipment and support for the dog to become the veterans service dog at NO COST to the veteran. The ultimate goal is for the service dog to take away the struggle the veterans face with everyday life.
War Dogs Making it Home
War Dogs helps veterans better manage the invisible and lifelong challenges of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and brain injury (PTSD/TBI) by pairing them with dogs they help rescue and train as service dogs, to be their “four legged lifeline” wherever they go. The service dog becomes the veteran's partner in the struggle to achieve confidence, reconnect with their loved ones, and resume normal activities in their communities.
Warrior Canine Connection
Warrior Canine Connection TM (WCC) is a therapeutic service dog training program that harnesses the healing power of the human-animal bond. WCC TM teaches service members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the skill of training mobility service dogs to be partnered with Veterans with mobility impairments. This worthy mission is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of PTSD in the warriors who train the dogs--and the great news is, it works! These warrior-trained service dogs are then partnered with veterans to provide them years of loyal companionship as well as an increased sense of wellbeing and independence.
Warrior Service Dogs
Warrior Service Dogs is a non-profit organization started by three OEF/OIF combat veterans based in Western North Carolina. Our training is led by certified dog trainer and behavior modification specialist Shane Cox, as well as certified dog trainer Chris Stewart.
We are currently holding training sessions to any veteran. If you have a dog bring him/her out and we can see what we can do. If you do not own a dog we would love to scout the local shelters to help you find the right dog.
Warrior Service Dogs' goal is to work directly with the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and support our troops in any and every way possible, through the assistance of well trained service dogs. No matter the disability or the specific needs of our disabled veterans, we will go beyond any expectations to provide the assistance they may need by teaming them with a Warrior Service Dog. We will gladly train a veteran’s pet dog to become their service dog or we will be more then happy to select a dog from local shelters and train it for the veterans needs.