Unlikely Group Trains Service Dogs for Veterans
Patriot PAWS Works with Female Inmates to ‘Make a Difference’
PEARLAND, Texas - Cash can fetch and give “puppy” eyes like any other dog, but spend just one minute with Cash and retired U.S. Army Sergeant Javier Negrete, and you’ll see why Cash is no ordinary dog.
“This dog has changed my life,”...
Patriot PAWS Dogs
Our service dogs are initially selected from breeders, local animal shelters, rescue groups, and service dog puppy raisers. They are carefully evaluated prior to selection and only the best of the best become candidates, graduate, and are certified. Please note that the selection process at Patriot PAWS is extensive. Although generous, please do not try to donate your family pet to...
In 2008, Patriot PAWS expanded its service dog training program to include a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Two TDCJ facilities are participating in the program and include the Lane Murray Unit and the Crain Women’s Correctional Unit located in Gatesville, Texas. The partnership is intended to provide help not only for disabled veterans, but...
Weekday Volunteer Program
We enjoy sharing our passion for helping veterans in need, and we want our volunteers to feel welcome and involved. Children and adults alike come together with us by their contribution of time and energy to help make it all happen.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, most volunteer opportunities are available...
Full-Time Puppy Raisers
Full-Time puppy raisers live and work with their puppy/dog in their homes for an extended period of time. This period of time is determined by the Patriot PAWS trainers and depends on many contributing factors. Before you decide to foster one of our adorable, energetic puppies/dogs you may want to consider what Patriot PAWS needs from you.
Please remember that puppy...
Paws of Fame
Beau, K-9 Education Instructor
Beau, Lori Stevens’ black lab, co-founded Patriot PAWS with Lori in February 2006. His name may not be on the paperwork, but he was with Lori every paw-step of the way.
In 1996, Beau belonged to Lonestar Assistance Dogs where Lori was volunteering training service dogs. At the time, Beau was working with another trainer and showed signs of fear...
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of
the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and
others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical
and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build
partnerships with the state and community organizations to help
develop and support this goal.
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs organization was officially designated as a 501(c)(3) organization in February 2006 and is a certified member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). The founder of Patriot PAWS, Lori Stevens, is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) and Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)
graduate with over 20-years experience. Lori has worked and volunteered for several dog-training organizations, including Lone Star Assistance
Dog Service and Texas Hearing and Service Dogs. While she found this work rewarding, her true passion is training service dogs to assist disabled American Veterans.
Patriot PAWS trains service dogs to perform various behaviors including help for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our
primary goal is to increase an individual’s self-sufficiency. Services performed by each dog depend on the needs of the owner. The following are a list of some services provided to assist disabled veterans in accomplishing daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible:
- Get help in emergencies
- Recognize and avert PTSD episodes
- Pick up and retrieve items
- Open and close doors
- Pull wheelchairs
- Provide bracing to stand, walk, and sit down
- Help with chores, such as laundry
- Take off shoes and socks
The continued commitment of Patriot PAWS is to work with the matched veterans and dogs as they learn to work together as a team.
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