Assistance dogs are provided free of charge by a nonprofit organization to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders.

Assistance dogs are provided free of charge by a nonprofit organization to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders

In the aftermath of World War II, the Guide Dog Foundation was created to provide free guide dogs and the requisite training to veterans of the armed services. America’s VetDogs was founded in 2003 by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. as a direct reaction to recent advances in canine training. The mission of this brand-new organization was to satisfy the unique needs of wounded military troops by providing them with service dogs. In doing so, the organization intended to enrich the lives of these heroic men and women. Even though it has been three years since VetDogs became a distinct 501(c)(3) corporation, the group continues to give assistance to veterans.

The total expenses associated with breeding, rearing, training, and deploying a service dog may approach $50,000. These expenditures include breeding, raising, and training the dog. In contrast, VetDogs is able to give its services to applicants at no cost because it gets financial assistance from a range of sponsors, including private individuals, organizations, and businesses. If they match the requirements, they are brought to the 10-acre campus of VetDogs in Smithtown, New York. There, they participate in a two-week-long training program aimed to prepare them for adoption. Individualized education allows students to build deeper bonds with their canine companions and help to the creation of cohesive groups, so making it easier for students to educate their dogs. A specialized team of trained trainers that are engaged by the organization give instruction.

In order to suit the diverse demands of consumers, VetDogs provides a comprehensive selection of dogs in addition to training services. It is not hard to train service dogs, guide dogs, PTSD support dogs, seizure response dogs, and hearing dogs and then put them with applicants who need the services provided by the canines. In addition, VetDogs provides assistance dogs to military institutions so that active-duty service members may have a companion while recovering in military or Veterans Affairs facilities. On this website, VetDogs.com, there is an online submission option for dog applications.

VetDogs received certification from both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International in 2013. 2013 was the year in which VetDogs achieved this milestone. In addition to gaining certification from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance for satisfying all twenty “Standards for Charity Accountability,” the VetDogs organization has also been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar/Candid. These awards demonstrate the organization’s dedication to maintaining a high degree of transparency and integrity in its operations.

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