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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.  Some of our referrals have received a dog within weeks, we suggest you tell them you are referred by Vets Adopt Pets.org.  I honestly believe they work their tails off for you, but it doesn't hurt to let them know they were referred.

Some are very small and you must go to them, which is great if you are in their area.  If they need you to provide your own transportation & lodging - there may be a way to have that paid for via various military branch support systems. We will first suggest organizations that cover all the expenses for you if their training fits your needs.

I know it can be overwhelming to seek help sometimes, especially when in discomfort.  Most organizations prefer you fill out their applications first, but it is perfectly acceptable to call and talk to them first.   Always feel free to call us to discuss your needs. Also, when you are ready, read up on Service Dog Legalities. 

I doubt this will happen from our list, but if you feel uncomfortable with any organization, please call in and give us their name!  We can also direct you to other resources.

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.

New criteria may be needed for recognized service dog organizations to be accredited by the ADI - Assistance Dogs International tor admittance on bases and VA property.  Ask if they are accredited with ADI, otherwise, down the road your dog may not be allowed on above property.


FOR VETERANS

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. Known as the “triple win” the Canines for Veterans program has twice been awarded a Newman’s Own Award for program innovations support our military and their families and has recently been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor as an apprenticeship program. Service dogs are provided to qualified recipients at no cost to the recipient.

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

They are on step 8 of 10 step process to become ADI accredited, 95% success rate with VA & Military.  Check with your local folks to ensure you can take the dog on grounds.

260 S. Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904.686.1956

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

(I spoke with Todd)

Danique Masingill-Warrior - Relations - Will walk you through their process. Danique@k9sforwarriors.org

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

310-457-5898

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

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.

ARIZONA

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.

CALIFORNIA

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.

INDIANA 

Pets N Vets

NEW MEXICO

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

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

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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.

ACTIVE DUTY
 
3639 Midway Drive, Suite 376
San Diego, CA 92110
(619)223-6574 
(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.

HAWAII FI-DO

PO Box 757
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
Phone: 808 638-0200
hifido@hawaii.rr.com

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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