NOTE: Vets Helping Heroes is providing these link as a service to help you in your search for assistance dog training programs as well as more information on the subject. We cannot recommend programs we have not personally investigated and there are many out there. You should do your own homework to make sure that any program you choose to work with meets your own requirements.
Please visit our Facts page learn more about what type of dog is best for you and how you can get started on your search.
Assistance dog information
Service Dogs International, Inc.: Service Dogs International, Inc. is a coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place Service Dogs. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Service Dogs as well as staff and volunteer education.
Delta Society is dedicated to improving human health through therapy and service animals. Find useful information about Pet Partners Program, therapy and service animal programs, pet vests and badges, Delta Logo merchandise and more.
International Guide Dog Federation: The home of the International Guide Dog Federation website with information regarding their members and services worldwide. Find resources for guide dogs near you or just learn more.
National Association of Guide Dog Users: The National Association of Guide Dog Users is an organization for blind people who currently use guide dogs as mobility tools, those considering getting a guide dog, or those who want to learn more about the use of such dogs.
Warriors Transition Command Each assistance dog organization listed in the AW2 Community Support Network offers services that are either covered by insurance or free to AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. AW2 Soldiers, Veterans, and Families are encouraged to contact these organizations directly for more information about the services they offer.
Land of PureGold Foundation Search for training programs. Organizations are listed throughout the United States. Some additional listings are provided for Australia, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Veteran Assistance Animal Guide Provides information about different organizations that offer assistance animals as well as help in training your own pet to be a service animal.
Assistance dog providers through which Vets Helping Heroes has sponsored dogs
Freedom Service Dogs: A non-profit organization that custom trains rescue dogs for lifelong service and companionship to people with permanent disabilities.
Southeastern Guide Dogs: Southeastern Guide Dogs is a non profit organization dedicated to the task of helping blind men and women find the travel independence that only a southeastern bred and trained guide dog can give. Vets Helping Heroes supports Southeastern Guide Dogs "Paws for Patriots" program solely to benefit vision imparied veterans and active-duty military as well as those suffering with PTSD.
Pawsitive Action Foundation Mission: Our goal is every Veteran, First Responder, and Child with different disabilities can live “Pawsitive” lives with the help of a specialized service dog. We believe that quality service dogs, and highly trained recipients create a lifetime bond between person and service dog. We strive to build a community that helps meet the needs of people through ongoing support to enhance their lives. All Veteran and First Responder service dogs are sponsored for the lifetime of the dog to ensure no matter the circumstances our Veterans and First Responders are faced with their service dog will always receive optimal care. Pawsitive Action Foundation is committed to connecting people not only to a specialized service dog, but to vital resources that enhance their quality of life — physically, emotionally, and socially.
Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs Mission: Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs.
Canine Companions for Independence (“CCI”) Mission: Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.
Vets Helping Heroes thanks the following service providers for their generosity
Eileen Friedenreich Photography: Eileen is a fine art, portrait and event photographer. She is grateful to all veterans and active military as well as an avid dog lover.
Pawsome Radio: An Affiliate of Pawsome Dog Training, LLC. Their mission is to spread awareness of positive training methods and encourage a better relationship between our canine companions and ourselves.
Wide Angle Video Productions: If you have a birthday, bar mitzvah, anniversary, or any other special occasion you would like filmed, Wide Angle Video Productions can help. They will bring their television production experience to your event to provide you with a professional product to treasure always.
Military related information
Avenue of 444 Flags: The cremated remains of thousands of veterans lie unclaimed in funeral homes across the country, deprived of the recognition and honor they deserve. The Avenue of 444 Flags Foundation is coordinating a comprehensive effort to collect and inter them in our ossuaries among the flags surrounding the War on Terror Veterans Memorial.
"Before You Go": "Before You Go" is offered as an expression of heartfelt gratitude to our aging veterans - those who fought and won the Second World War, fought in Korea to preserve that victory, and later in an unpopular war to stop post WWII communist aggressions in Vietnam.
Military.com Benefiting the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with news and useful information of all kinds.
Military Aviation Museum: One of the largest collections of vintage military airplanes in the world - and they fly!
Free PTSD App for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad: Soon to be available for Android (August 2011). PTSD Coach is a free app designed for Veterans and military Service Members who have, or may have, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.
OurMilitary.mil Care Package information: Want to send a care package to our Service members overseas? One of the organizations listed on this page can help you get started.
Patriot Outreach - Confidential, private and effective support for anxiety, daily stress, and even P.T.S.D. Supporting all Military Service Men, Women, Retirees, Veterans, Government Civilians, Battlefield Contractors and their Families.