web analytics
Login
Subscribe
Breaking News         Marquette KC (5)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mr. Joseph Gregory     Best In Show: GCH Trumpets You Could Be Mine     Gold Country KC (2)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Charlotte Patterson     Best In Show: GCH Promenade Pay It Forward     Longview-Kelso KC (2)     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna     Best In Show: GCH Rush Hills DramaGeddon JH     Mid-Coast KC of Maine     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Wendy Willhauck     Best In Show: GCH Del Zarzoso Salvame From Afterglow     Cheyenne KC     08/31/2014     Best In Show Judge: Mrs. Lowell (Arlene) Davis     Best In Show: GCH Polar Mist N Bark Barks Built Tough     Be Prepared, For Yourself and Your Animals Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Ticket Presale Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926) Purina Pro Plan Renews Sponsorship of AKC Registered Handlers Program Train Your Wee, Little Dog As If It Were Cujo!

We'll email you the stories that fanciers want to read from all around the web daily

We don't share your email address

6 Organizations that provide Therapy Dogs for Vets

Uno visits Walter Reed Veterans Hospital in May of 2008. Photo by Mary Bloom.

1. Hero Dogs, Inc.

Hero Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit organization that trains and provides the services of therapy dogs for wounded veterans. Some war veterans, who have served in US Armed Forces, are wounded, injured, or even partially disabled. All dogs trained by this organization are prepared to assist those war heroes, so the veterans may live their everyday lives more easily.

Even better, Hero Dogs, Inc. provides the services free of charge. Once again, this is a non-profit organization that depends greatly on donations.

2. Canines for Combat Veterans

Canines for Combat Veterans organization is actually a relatively new arrangement founded in 2006. Since then, it has matched at least 35 dogs with veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The organization is a part of New England Assistance Dog Services or NEADS.

Any war veteran, who wishes to accept dog services from this organization, needs to fill out an application and schedule an interview. Besides preparing therapy dogs for veterans, it also provides dogs for adoptions.

3. The Dog Tags Program

This organization actually prepares dog services for two purposes including for veterans and for law enforcement’s explosive detection. The dog tags program also only train mainly two breeds which are golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers.

War veterans may suffer serious injuries or partial disabilities; the program attempts to match therapy dogs with the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The dogs are trained by prison inmates; this program is a part of Puppies Behind Bars.

4. Canine Companions for Independence

The Canine Companions for Independence does not only train therapy dogs for veterans, but also prepares dog services for children and adults who suffer disabilities. Anyone who wishes to pet the dogs must send an application and attend the training class.

There will be two weeks of training; the main purpose of the activity is to instruct the dog owners on how to handle the pets and use various commands effectively. All services provided by the organization are free of charge.

5. Patriot Paws

Patriot Paws is a certified member of the ADI (Assistance Dogs International). Similar to other organizations, it also provides the services for American veterans free of charge. The main purpose is to provide dog assistance for disabled veterans, so the war heroes may improve both physical and emotional independence.

6. America’s VetDogs

This organization actually has various programs including service dogs (for veterans) and military therapy dogs (for active military personals). Both handler and service dog will be trained, so they may understand each other and work in coordination to handle various difficulties. All services and trainings are provided at no cost.

Written by