Paws and Stripes
To assist U.S. military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as local shelter dogs by providing integrative service dog training and mental health support to veterans and their families.
Paws and Stripes empowers those we serve providing a 9-12 month curriculum that includes weekly individual training sessions, group classes, workshop lectures, mental health counseling, and psycheducational training for veteran families. While grueling, the program is therapeutic and rewarding.
Upon graduation, veterans have a fully trained service animal to serve as a bio- feedback tool to help recognize the onset of symptoms and triggers, alert to increasing pain levels, remind them to take medications, awake them from nightmares, and feel more comfortable going out in public. Graduates report a decrease in alcohol consumption and less fear or discomfort going out in public. Many go back to school or work, take less medication, and report spending more quality time with their families once again. No veteran is ever obligated to pay a penny for the program services we provide.