"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.
Veterans train service dogs for other Veterans
WARRIOR CANINE CONNECTION
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
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
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 Trainers - can possibly train your own dog.
American Service Animal Society
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.
Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack
PETS N VETS
HEALING IS HAPPENING!