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Paws for Veterans, Inc.
To All Active Military Service Members and Veterans:
Thank You for your Service!
Paws for Veterans is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. We provide our nations combat injured Heroes that suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and affiliated physical disabilities with task trained medical service dogs as well as supplies, therapeutic group sessions, and natural treatment alternatives. Our program delivers an all-around lifelong support system focusing on a more natural alternative to healing our Veterans bodies and minds while at the same saving the lives of shelter dogs that would otherwise be facing euthanasia.
We strive to improve the lives of our nations Heroes as well as the lives of dogs sitting in shelters waiting for someone to give them another chance at life. Each dog is rescued, rehabilitated, trained, and re-homed with a Veteran that needs and loves them. This wonderful program creates a scenario where everyone wins because multiple lives are saved. The dogs are given a purpose in a loving forever home and the Veterans quality of life is drastically improved with the medical assistance and by the healing power of their new canine partner.
What Sets Us Apart
What sets Paws for Veterans apart is that every dog is individually task trained for their owner’s specific disability as required by the Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Laws requires. Our dogs are not simply obedience trained pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals. The dogs that we provide to Veterans are true “service dogs”. Each Paws for Veterans dog is trained in specific tasks that help their owner with their disability. Examples of such tasks are: waking from nightmares, reminding to take medications, physically interrupting panic attack to stop it from escalating and then physically slowing the owner’s heart rate to bring anxiety level down, and relieving muscle pain caused by elevated stress and anxiety.
Each Veteran assists in the training of their own dog which is required in psychiatric service dog training as no one can exactly replicate someone else’s symptoms, reactions, and body chemicals. This method in turn creates a stronger bond between the Veteran and their service dog as well as giving the Veteran the exciting feeling of accomplishment as they were a major part of teaching their service dog. These 2 points combined is what makes our methods and program so successful at truly helping our Nations Heroes with the medical disabilities.
"Rescuing Dogs To Rescue Heroes"
PTSD and TBI Task Trained Service Dogs for Injured Veterans