Restoring Hope and Connections
Gaining confidence from these service dogs, veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, expand their lives, regain mobility and independence and re-integrate into their communities.
Our Service Dogs program is one that has been designed to provide dogs to veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress. We have seen substantial success placing dogs with servicemen and women whose post-traumatic stress prevented them from returning to their previously active lifestyle. These dogs help prevent or combat emotional overload using on-command tactile stimulation, assist the veteran in leaving/exiting anxiety-causing situations or locations, and provide tactile stimulation/mediation/sensory reintegration and orientation to time/place during dissociative episodes — all while offering their unconditional support and unceasing handler focus.
Our service dogs offer love and loyalty, and respond to commands that help restore stability and wellbeing. In public places or unfamiliar territory, the dogs check ahead and around corners for potential encounters that could become problematic for their handlers. The dogs’ physical needs provide a daily rhythm of structure and exercise. Our veterans report powerful stories of reconnecting with family and society once again.
What people are saying…
“When chronic pain and PTSD collide in an existential crisis, medication and talk therapy are simply not enough. Foley fills the gap in traditional treatment as his mindfulness leads the way to healing.”Morgan Watt with Service Dog Foley