My name is Lori Stevens, and I am the Founder and Executive Director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. In 2005, I was working as a professional dog trainer when I was asked to help a group of disabled veterans train their dogs. After working with these veterans and visiting the VA Hospital in Dallas, I realized just how many of our disabled veterans are in desperate need of assistance dogs and I knew I had to help. With the help of a few friends and family, I started Patriot PAWS Service Dogs in a small storefront in Rockwall, TX, training only about 8 dogs at a time. Patriot PAWS has long since outgrown that little storefront and our Rockwall campus now includes administrative, training, and kennel facilities where we are able to train and house as many as 25 dogs. Working with our volunteer puppy raisers and our innovative Prison Training program at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, we are able to train an additional 45 dogs in other locations and place about 35-41 Patriot PAWS Service Dogs with disabled veterans each year.
It has been an exciting journey! But with over 50 disabled American veterans waiting for a Patriot PAWS Service Dog, there is still much work to be done and we need your help. Please consider donating your time, money or resources to help us help those who served.