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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.

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)

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 Trainers - 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.

CALIFORNIA

Operation Freedom Paws  Gilroy CA

Sherri's Project: Wounded Warrior Pack Oceanside CA

INDIANA 

PETS N VETS

NATIONAL

TADSAW - Train a Dog Save a Warrior  (NOT ADI accredited, but does perform Public Access Test which may be allowed by your local VA or Military base, check to make sure.)

The Mission of TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior) is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, for any wounded warrior, active duty or veteran, surviving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma, (MST), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the warrior's quality of life with a canine 'Battle Buddy', at no charge to the warrior.  Contact Program Director, BART SHERWOOD, at 210-643-2901 to discuss and apply.  (NOT ADI accredited, but does perform Public Access Test which may be allowed by your local VA or Military base, check to make sure.)

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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  make new link for this article

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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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