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