Veteran Assistance Animal Guide

High Plains Ranch

Location and Area served: Lexington, OK; serving Oklahoma City, Tulsa and areas beyond, including individuals that are willing to travel to site for training.

Type Provided: Psychiatric Service Dog, Mobility, Hearing Impairment, Medical Response.

Breed of Dogs: Best fit

Demographics: Adults and Children

Wait time: 3-20 months

Operation K9

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Area Served: Continental United States

Phone Number: 210-557-6891

Type Provided: Mobility Assistance Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dog for PTSD only, and TBI

Breed of Dogs: Labradors, Shepherds, Working Groups through reputable sources (rescue groups, shelters and breeders)

Demographics: Veterans (Retired and those in MEB process) who served after 11SEP01.

Wait Time: Currently 2 Years

  • Medical and Military documentation required with Application.
  • Veteran must be able to visit Texas for personal interview during application process.

Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.

Location: Catharpin, VA

Area Served: Veteran applicants from anywhere in the USA for service dogs; therapy dog recipients need to be in the northern VA, Washington DC metro area and/or Maryland.  

Phone Number: 1-866-375-1209

Type Provided: Psychiatric Service Dog, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Facility Therapy Dogs.

Breed of Dogs: Service Dogs are Retrievers through qualified breeders, Non-Service dogs are a variety of breeds.

Demographics: Veterans and Military currently going through medical board

Wait time: Approximately 18-22 Months

Puppy Jake Foundation

Location: Des Moines, IA

Area Served: Iowa and the Midwest region at this point

Phone Number: 515-490-9766

Type Provided: Psychiatric Service Dog and Mobility Assistance Dog

Breed of Dogs: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shephards

Demographics: Wounded Military Veterans

Wait Time: Placement to begin Fall 2014

Paws and Stripes

Location: Rio Rancho, NM

Area Served: New Mexico residents

Phone Number: 505-999-1201

Type Provided: Psychiatric for PTSD only and TBI Service Dogs

Breed of Dogs: Healthy 2-4 year old rescues at least 50lbs.

Demographics: Veterans only

Wait Time: 18 months for enrollment, 6-12 months of training with your dog.

·        You will be required to attend weekly training with your chosen dog.

·        The animal, equipment and training will be provided, there is also in-house mental health counseling available. 

·        You must be Honorably discharged, Form 4 DD-214 is required to enroll in the program.

              ·        A letter from your doctor stating you have PTSD or TBI is also required.

Alpha K9

Location: Sacramento, CA

Area Served: Nationwide

Phone Number: 916-400-4337

Type Provided: Primarily Psychiatric Service Dogs, but can assist with all types of training

Breed of Dogs: Any

Demographics: Veterans, First Responders and anyone with PTSD.

Wait Time:  No wait time if using clients current dog, If they need to procure a dog then approximately 6 months.

Freedom Dogs

Location: Southern California

Area Served: Oceanside, CA

Phone Number: 619-223-6574

Type Provided: Psychiatric for PTSD only and TBI Service Dog

Breed of Dogs: Labrador Retriever

Demographics: Marines and Sailors at Wounded Warrior Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA, and recommended to the program by Medical Staff of the Wounded Warrior Battalion - West.

G.I. Dogs

Location: Reno, NV

Area Served: Around Reno, NV due to weekly training

Phone Number: 775-856-2000 ext. 323

Type Provided: Companion Animal, Psychiatric Service Dog

Breed of Dogs: Rescues

Demographics: Veterans

Paws for Purple Hearts

Location: Rohnert Park, CA

Area Served: Nationwide

Phone Number: 707-238-5110 or 202-681-9575

Type Provided: Mobility Assistance Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs for PTSD only

Breed of Dogs: Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers

Demographics: Veterans Only

Wait Time: 1-5 Years

  • This organization has Veterans with PTSD Train the Dogs for Veterans with Mobility Related issues.
  • This helps provide a purpose and therapy to Veterans suffering from PTSD.
  • Therapeutic program is located at VA Palo Alto Health Care System

America's Vetdogs
Location: Smithtown, NY

Area Served: North America

Phone Number: 866-838-3647

Type Provided: Guide Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Medical Alert Service Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs, Facility Therapy Dogs, and Therapy Dogs.

Breed of Dogs: Yellow and Black Labradors, Standard Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and other dogs can be requested.

Demographics: Veterans

Wait Time: 3-12 months, Times vary depending on the training to be provided, or if there is a special request for a dog.

  • Dogs will be provided for the Veteran with the best match possible.
  • Will have to attend a 10 day in-residence training program before returning home with a Service Dog.

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs
Location:  Montclair, VA
Area served:  Serving the US
Phone Number: 703) 680-6974
Type of dogs provided: Psychiatric Service Dog, Mobility Service Dog, and Emotional Support Animals (specifically dogs)
Breed of Dogs:  Temperament tested rescue dogs from various Animal Shelters and Dog Rescues in Northern Virginia
Demographics:  Wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families
Wait time:  9 month to 2 years

  • Credentialing: Association of Professional Dog Trainers, American Kennel Club, International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, The Foundation for Service Dog Support Inc.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: K9 Coach, K9 training assistant, apprenticeships, Fund raising, Event coordination/staging, Volunteer services(Veterinarian, Grooming, Administrative, Professional services)
  • Alternate Training: Service Dog Maintenance Training, AKC STAR Puppy training, AKC Canine Good Citizen(CGC) training & Community Canine(CGCA) APDT Canine Life And Social Skills(CLASS) training, Scent & detection training

Psychiatric Service Dogs