Wounded Warriors Helped by Healing Paws

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How Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD on Time.com  A video story of Sharpe, founder of P2V, and his companion Cheyenne is a must see.

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SERVICE DOGS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

America’s Vet Dogs (ADI Member)

America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided guide dogs and training at no cost to people who are blind or visually impaired, including veterans.

In 2003, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind recognized the need for an overall assistance dog program for veterans that would incorporate guide dogs, service dogs, and state-of-the-art mobility devices – especially as our nation’s veterans age and as our country’s wounded warriors return home from active conflicts aboard.

Canine Companions for Independence Veterans Program (ADI Member)

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

Freedom Service Dogs (ADI Member)

Freedom Service Dogs is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has received numerous commendations, national press features, and government resolutions in support of our innovative work.

We do not breed dogs for the purposes of our mission.  All of the dogs we use are rescues, almost entirely from shelters across the Metro Denver area and the Front Range. Any dog that does not fulfill all the comprehensive training requirements is found an adoptive home.  The all inclusive expense for custom training from start to finish is generally $20,000-$25,000 – but clients are not charged for our service.  We focus our efforts on donating these wonderful animals to disabled people throughout our community to help promote independence in their difficult daily lives.

NEADS Canines for Combat Veterans (ADI Member)

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) (also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a non-profit organization that was established in 1976 to provide canine assistance for people who are deaf or have a physical disability. These assistance dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.

P2V

Helping heal the lives of our nation’s heroes with sheltered pets

P2V (Pets 2 Vets) seeks healing and support for the 10-12 million men and women who suffer with some form of psychological condition and homes for the four-five million sheltered animals who are euthanized every year so that both may live in dignity as they embark on their journey together.  P2V will provide our nation’s heroes with accessible, cost-effective animal assisted activities (animal companionship) as they pursue rehabilitative and therapeutic care from their healthcare providers in the Washington, D.C. and New York City areas.

P2V helps to partner sheltered animals with military veterans and emergency first responders recovering from the stress and trauma of service.  To help our nation’s heroes who are suffering the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other psychological stresses, P2V proudly provides two primary programs: P2V Connections, a visitation program and P2V Matches, our adoption facilitation program.

Vets Helping Heroes

Vets Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to solicit and provide funds for qualified training facilities so that they may provide guide dogs or service dogs and training to veterans and active military personnel who have been wounded in the global war on terrorism and who require the use of an assistance dog to help them return to a life of self-reliance and dignity whether they are blind or visually impaired or have other special needs.

RESOURCES

Assistance Dogs International

Delta Society

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

Psychiatric Service Dog Society

MilitaryWorkingDogAdoptions.com

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