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 and PTS 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.

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 by assisting them in training their dogs. After visiting the VA Hospital in Dallas, I realized the great need that many of our mobility-impaired veterans have for assistance dogs. I wanted to try to help them, so with only a few friends and family members on board, I started Patriot PAWS in a small storefront in Rockwall in 2006.

120+ Dogs placed

We Serve Heroes
A young lady once told me that I’m her hero. I was taken aback by her words, and upon reflection, concluded that I’m no hero, that heroes are those who have served our country and sacrificed so much for all of us. What I am is a truly blessed person who, with the help of my staff, volunteers and inmate trainers, is able to give back to these true heroes to make their lives just a little bit better. We owe them far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time.

In 33 States

Growing Strong
I can hardly believe how much we’ve grown since then. We now occupy an entire warehouse and are outgrowing it so rapidly that the top of our current wish list is for someone to help us acquire a piece of land and custom-build a training center to better meet our ever-expanding needs. Our small paid staff is assisted by a host of volunteers from all walks of life doing everything from administrative work to socializing our dogs to holding demonstrations and fundraisers on our behalf and much, much more. I call them my “angels unawares” from the quote from Hebrews.

Our Philosophy.

We Serve Heroes
A young lady once told me that I’m her hero. I was taken aback by her words, and upon reflection, concluded that I’m no hero, that heroes are those who have served our country and sacrificed so much for all of us. What I am is a truly blessed person who, with the help of my staff, volunteers and inmate trainers, is able to give back to these true heroes to make their lives just a little bit better. We owe them far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time.