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Service Dog Providers for Veterans
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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
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
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.
Contact Pam 813-503-8861(paper/appts) Mike at 727-692-7101 (dog info). K-9s for Veterans help disabled Veterans by providing obedient dogs
for their invisible disorders such as PTSD, balance issues, seizures and
more. Located in Tampa, Florida, Veterans come for a two week stay and
leave with an understanding of how to cope with the world and PTSD at
the same time with the help of a well-trained service dog. The trainer is a combat Marine of Vietnam with PTSD. Semper
Fi. We have a short 2-3 month wait for our dogs.
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
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).
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.
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
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