Our Mission.

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 state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.



From the Veterans.

“Anne
takes notice when my anxiety and frustration
are skyrocketing.” (She then makes a concentrated
effort to lead Edwin outside to the lake
on their property to play ball.) “We both tire
out…and then we walk back into the house
with her at my side again…Anne has made
me realize when it is time to step away.”

“Pilot helps me a lot with
my day to day issues. He’s the pilot, and I’m
the co-pilot. He takes care of me, and I take
care of him. We’re a team. He’s my friend.
He’s my everything. I don’t know how I ever
did without him.”

“Camo and I are
stick buddies for life, and we can depend on
each other to get us home safely. His happy
personality and desire to please are contagious.
I am so lucky for this opportunity at
this time in my life.”

“Bomber helps me to slow down my mind,
to live less in the past. I pay more attention
to life. I can talk to him and get things off
my chest. He loves me, and because of that,
I am learning to love again.”

“Since
Reckless has come to live with me, I have
been able to get out and live a semi-normal
life. I don’t have to constantly keep my head
on a swivel because I know my wingman
has my six.”

“Gus is my light when days are dark.  He’s my warmth and laughter when I just want to be numb.  He’s my steady pressure and my alarm when the nightmares are too much.  He’s my arms and my legs when mine hurt too much to use.  He’s my alert system so I don’t get hurt.  He’s my responsibility and my motivation to try as hard as I can every single day.”

“Being there for each other, trusting each other, helping each other and navigating this thing called life together.  Chris makes a difference in my life every day.  I am proud to be a part of the Patriot PAWS family and look forward to my journey with Chris.”

“When I’m overwhelmed, Blue will lean on me and remind me that she is there.  She’s helping me find triggers so I can work through them.  In her role in the Army, she has proven herself invaluable.  Her presence allows the unit ministry team to build relationships and positively impact many soldiers quickly.”

“If I didn’t have Peyton, my life would pretty much be in this house living every day not knowing when my legs would give out.  I was afraid of falling in public and not being able to get up.  Now that I have Peyton, I know he will go get help if I fall. He’s by my side all the time.  He’s here when I need him.”

“When I first started looking for a service dog, I didn’t know I was going to get a dog like Sebert that could pick up a phone, pick up a cane, pick up keys.  There are times when I’m feeling bad, and he will come up to me and lean against me before I even realize that mood is changing.  Then I realize he is saying, ‘I know everything is not okay.’ ”


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