Each year, roughly less than 1% of individuals who are in need of a service dog (and apply for one) are able to actually get one.
Much of this is due to the cost and time it takes to train and care for a service dog. However, when it comes to service dogs for veterans with PTSD, the problem is even more challenging due to a lack of awareness and associated stigmas. Fortunately, there are several ways we can begin to create change and enable more military veterans in need to obtain a life-saving service dog.
For the third straight year, we are donating proceeds from specially-marked bags of Dog Chow to groups who train service dogs and match them with veterans experiencing PTSD and other post-combat challenges.
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Donate directly to one of our 2020 partnering organizations — Got Your Six Support Dogs and the Pets & Vets Program at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) — to help them train more service dogs at no cost to veterans.
See some awe-inspiring facts about what veteran service dogs do and all that goes into their training. Then easily share them out with our visual infographic to help raise awareness for their need.
Recently, the U.S. House passed the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act (H.R. 1448), and the Senate is now considering a companion bill, S.613. Dog Chow is encouraging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation creating a pilot program to train more service dogs for veterans living with PTSD. Check back in September to see how you can get involved.
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For its Pets and Vets program, ARF pairs qualifying military veterans with shelter dogs selected for their potential as service animals. Starting over together, these veteran-dog pairs are guided by skilled trainers to graduate as service dog teams.
GYS is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and/or sexual trauma. Their mission is to help these men and women regain their lives through the healing power of dogs.