Puppies for Patriots
It is proven that the support of a service, therapy or emotional support dog, helps veterans with the day to day challenge of both mental and physical conditions. However these specifically trained animals come with a very high price tag, due to the effort that goes into adapting and enhancing their unique skill set. We are working with various organizations to establish partnerships with the goal of increasing veteran accessibility to these animals. One way that we are helping veterans gain access to a service, therapy or emotional support dog is by assuming the responsibility for a portion of the associated cost whenever possible.
This program provides several options to pair veterans and military personnel with a service, therapy or emotional support dog. We are aware that the needs of the veterans and military community are diverse. In order to meet the individual needs of a veteran or service-member we have come up with three distinct options.
Service Dogs assist people with disabilities other than vision or hearing impairment. With special training these dogs can help mitigate many different types of disabilities. They can be trained to work with people who use power or manual wheelchairs, have balance issues, have various types of autism, need seizure alert or response, need to be alerted to other medical issues like low blood sugar, or have psychiatric disabilities. These specially trained dogs can help by retrieving objects that are out of their person’s reach, opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, barking to indicate that help is needed, finding another person and leading the person to the handler, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing balance and counterbalance, providing deep pressure, and many other individual tasks as needed by a person with a disability.
Therapy and Emotional Support Dogs
Therapy and Emotional support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs.