Assistance Dogs for Veterans
Canine Companions recognizes the urgent and growing need for programs that provide support to veterans with disabilities. Many of the brave men and women returning home from combat with disabling injuries experience a litany of new challenges.
Often, they face difficult transitions back to civilian life as well as uncertain futures with new disabilities. Canine Companions assistance dogs can help veterans regain independence, pride and hope. Beyond much-needed physical assistance, the love, loyalty and positivity of a canine partner can make a profound, lasting impact on someone dealing with difficult emotions that are hard to communicate.
"Just having someone with me to help do things that are difficult for me really affects my life positively.” - Charlie with his service dog Devon
Canine Companions recently announced a small local pilot program out of our Northwest Training Center in Santa Rosa, CA to train and place service dogs with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The criteria for participation in this small pilot program include living within 90-miles of Santa Rosa and veteran status. At this time, Canine Companions does not train dogs to work with individuals who desire support for PTSD outside of the context of the pilot program.