4 Ways to Help Support More PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans

Each year, 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 general 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 PTSD service dog.

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1. help train more ptsd service dogs

Donate directly to one of our 2021 veteran service dog training partners to help them acquire and train more service dogs at no cost to veterans.

2. support legislation

Dog Chow is encouraging Congress to provide appropriate funding for the recently passed PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act — so that  ALL veterans who need treatment from service dogs can receive it — whether the veteran’s impairment is physical or psychological. With one simple click, you can help.

3. help a veteran you know

Do you know a military veteran who could benefit from a service dog? Check out our veteran resources page to connect with veteran service dog organizations in your area.

4. get informed. Spread the Word.

See some awe-inspiring facts about what PTSD 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.

2021 Dog Chow Service Dog Salute Program Partners

got your six support dogs

GOT YOUR SIX SUPPORT DOGS

Collinsville, IL

GYS is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or sexual trauma. Their mission is to help these men and women regain their lives through the healing power of dogs.

tony la russa's animal rescue foundation

TONY LARUSSA’S ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION (ARF) PETS & VETS PROGRAM

Walnut Creek, CA

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.