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,”...
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 Patriot PAWS’ selection process is extensive. Although generous, please do not try to donate your family pet to Patriot PAWS.
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...
Patriot PAWS is always in need of volunteers. Please contact us for more information. Do you have an hour or two? If so, here is a list of things you can do to help:
Planning Fund Raisers
Rounding Up Donations
Cleaning of Facility
Foster homes are always needed for our PAWS-in-training. Please contact us for more...
Mobility Assistance Service Dog Application
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs is deeply grateful to the brave men and women who fight for our freedom. We work diligently to honor America’s finest. If you are a veteran in need of assistance and are interested in receiving a mobility assistance service dog application, please click on the blue button at the bottom of this page to download the application in PDF...
Texas Residents Only
Become part of our team…become a Patriot PAWS Puppy Raiser!
Puppy Raisers open their hearts and their homes to a puppy/dog and are responsible for building on the foundation that was implemented by Patriot PAWS when the organization was founded. Are you interested in becoming a puppy raiser for Patriot PAWS? We would love to have you as part of our...
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
their 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), 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). Patriot
PAWS 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
Patriot PAWS’ continued commitment is to work with the matched veterans and dogs as they learn to work together as a team.
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