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“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can't always explain it myself, but for years now I've seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”       Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Vets Adopt Pets has researched many service dog providers and believe the following are true to their word about providing you with a qualified service dog.  We have contacted them by email and or phone, have made referrals to some that were specific to peoples needs. 

Due to the large volume of Veterans needing Service Dogs, some organizations now have a very long waiting list for a Service Dog.  

Find which provider is a fit for you and then contact them directly... Perhaps call them to ask questions.

We are providing this list in good faith, however we have no actual working relationship with these organization aside from some delightful conversations and sense they are good. You decide which one best suits your needs.


America's VetDogs

America’s VetDogs trains and provides guide dogs for Veterans who are blind or visually impaired, service dogs for Veterans and active duty personnel with disabilities other than blindness, combat stress relief dogs for in-theater deployment, and therapy dogs to provide physical and emotional therapy services at select military and VA hospitals.

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides professionally trained assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The specially-bred Labradors and Golden Retrievers help with everything from turning on lights to getting cash from an ATM. Now, through Canine Companions Wounded Veterans Initiative, assistance dogs are available to Veterans with physical disabilities resulting from military service, free of charge.

Canines for Service

Canines for Veterans, a program of Canines for Service, is a national program that provides Veterans with disabilities quality trained service dogs. The program works with military prisoners teaching them how to train rescue dogs as service dogs for the wounded and injured Veterans. 

Paws for Purple Hearts - Bergin University of Canine Studies‎  If you are interested in requesting a service dog, please contact Bergin University’s dog program manager at servicedogrequest@berginu.edu

Warrior Canine Connection 

There is no fee for the dog or for the training, however they DO NOT automatically cover your transportation costs to their facility to train with the dog.   They 'may' be able to help financially with those cost.

K9s for Warriors

Train specifically for PTSD, TBI for block & cover and teach Veteran how to train the dog for individually needed tasks. No cost for dog, or lodging.  Veteran will have to get there for 3 weeks of training with dog, they can make referrals for financial sources to pay for transportation to and from.  Usually less than a year wait time for the dog. SERVES POST 9-11 VETERANS

260 S. Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Fill out long application here http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/application/

(I spoke with Todd)

Freedom Service Dogs

Call 303-922-6231 if you can not access Website. Freedom Service Dogs’ 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. They focus on donating these animals to disabled military Veterans to help restore some normalcy to their difficult lives. Virtually all Freedom Service Dogs are rescued from shelters.  Up to a year wait.

Sam Simon Foundation


1. Must be in PTSD treatment minimum of 8 months
2. Veteran must have support system.
3. California resident.
4. Safe home environment for the dog.
5. Gulf War and up to now, in theater. Actual combat not necessary.

New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc.

New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. (NHSDI) fosters relationships between service dogs and disabled Florida Veterans for a lifetime of unconditional love, mobility, and independence. Now in its 14th year, 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.

Service Dog Project, Inc.

The Service Dog Project, Inc. is dedicated to donating large service and balance assistance dogs to those with mobility impairments, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury. The program specially breeds, raises, and trains Great Danes for a variety of tasks to provide the highest quality of service and support.Service Area - East Coast - New England area.

Patriot Paws Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization that trains and donates service dogs for disabled Veterans. Service dogs are able to assist physically disabled individuals to accomplish daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Each dog is customized to the individual needs of the owner.


Paws4Vets’ primary mission is to train and provide qualified individuals with certified assistance dogs custom trained to fit their individual requirements and needs.  Currently, placements will be considered in the nine Mid Atlantic states we have a presence. (VA, WV, OH, PA, MD, NC, SC, GA, FL).

Service Dog Training Classes - can possibly train your own dog.  These orgs offer training classes for you to attend.


American Service Animal Society

Double check if you have to live in Arizona.  This org does charge a $25.00 application fee, but after speaking with Debbie, the Director, it sounds like a very good program worth your investigation and determination.  If the fee is too costly for you, do discuss that with Debbie.

Soldier's Best Friend 

We have training locations in: Phoenix. Tucson. Prescott, Sierra Vista.  Training will be comprised of private and group sessions 1-2 days a week  for up to 30 weeks then 1 session every other week up to 6 additional months.


Operation Freedom Paws  Gilroy CA

Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack Oceanside CA  ALSO SERVING: Kern County, CA. Grand Rapids, MI. New Mexico. Portland, Or. Ft Worth Texas.

4 PAWS 4 PATRIOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to provide service dogs and training to disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran. By partnering with animal shelters, rescues, volunteers and contract trainers the staff at 4 Paws 4 Patriots is able to provide these life changing services while making the most of every donated dollar.  SERVES Southern California, Ogden Utah, and soon to open in Indiana.  Contact listed numbers or CEO Tim Sheets LeBlanc at 855 565 0849


Dogs Helping Heroes is a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing dogs, training them as service animals and placing them with wounded military and first responders.  Training program is local and lasts 6 months.  Apply directly via their website (apply link) As of June 2016, per Ex.Director David Benson they can train approx. 6 service dogs per year.  They have a good support base and are slowly growing to handler larger demand.  You can contact David at (812) 329-0244 and info@dogshelpingheroes.org  They will evaluate your person dog to see if suitable to train as a service dog.  If your personal dog, criteria to train is: min 60 # or more  / 1-3 years old  /  friendly in public.


At Warriors' Best Friend, veterans are highly involved in the development of their new service canine partner. In fact, veterans get the opportunity to be part of the solution to their recovery. Each warrior receives nine days of intense training where they learn the skills needed to handle their service canine in all public situations. Warriors' Best Friend provides a service canine, training, certification of passing test that Veteran understanding the training, equipment, 1st year shots provided, most meals and housing, free of change.  Specialize in PTSD and TBI needs.  Point of contact for questions & applying is Samantha Jeffers @ 816-809-2058.


Paws and Stripes‎  Serves best the Albuquerque New Mexico area only.  8-12 month training program, Veteran can come from other locations, but basically have to move here for a year to utilize this program.  Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for wounded U.S. military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The dogs come only from shelters, and highly trained service dog trainers work with the veteran/dog teams. The dogs and the training are provided to the veteran free of charge.‚Äč


Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD - New Study is underway... http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/dogs_and_ptsd.asp 


Costich, Vietnam War veteran, and his service dog, Bandit, prepare for their weekly hour-long training session.

"He senses when I'm having nightmares, and will wake me up [by nuzzling] me." Costich explained.

3639 Midway Drive, Suite 376
San Diego, CA 92110
(Service/Intake and Administration)

Freedom Dogs is based in Southern California and is currently working exclusively with the Marines at the Wounded Warrior Battalion - West on Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.


PO Box 757
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
Phone: 808 638-0200

Provides a therapeutic program with the Army Wellness Program on the North Shore and Marines USMC barracks.  In addition, provides service dog information, training, education, and placement after discharge.  Must be Hawaii for 1 year after discharge to insure training.  Wait List.


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