Paws for Veterans is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. We provide our nations combat injured Heroes that suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and affiliated physical disabilities with task trained medical service dogs as well as supplies, therapeutic group sessions, and natural treatment alternatives.
Our program delivers an all-around lifelong support system focusing on a more natural alternative to healing our Veterans' bodies and minds while at the same time saving the lives of shelter dogs that would otherwise be facing euthanasia. We strive to improve the lives of our nations Heroes as well as the lives of dogs sitting in shelters waiting for someone to give them another chance at life. Each dog is rescued, rehabilitated, trained in advanced obedience and medical service tasks, and re-homed with a disabled Veteran that needs and loves them.
This wonderful program creates a scenario where everyone wins because multiple lives are saved. The dogs are given a purpose in a loving forever home, and the Veterans quality of life is drastically improved with the medical assistance and by the healing power of their new canine partner.
What sets Paws for Veterans apart is that every dog is individually task trained for their owner’s specific disability as required by the Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Laws requires. Our dogs are not simply obedience trained pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals. The dogs that we provide to Veterans are true task trained “service dogs”. Each Paws for Veterans dog is trained in specific tasks that help their Veteran with their specific disability symptoms. Examples of such tasks are: waking from nightmares, reminding to take medications, physically interrupting panic attacks to stop it from escalating and then physically slowing the owner’s heart rate to bring anxiety level down, and relieving muscle pain caused by elevated stress and anxiety.
Each of our dogs are trained by our training supervisor and the inmates and the Central Florida Reception Center Prison in Orlando. The partnership with the prison in Orlando has given us the ability to provide fully trained service dogs to the Veterans so that the Veterans only have to attend a two week handling class upon receiving their service dogs. This also keeps our cost for training services down.
All these combined methods are what make our program so successful at truly helping our Nations Heroes with the medical disabilities.