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Service Dog For Veterans Albany, OR

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Albany, OR free of charge with lifetime support.

While military service only lasts for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds experienced by Veterans can last forever. Each Veteran's healing journey is unique, and some days are difficult. It's been estimated that 1/5 has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI, MST, PTSD and PTSD all have symptoms that make daily living difficult.

Veterans receive tremendous support from service dogs, which can help improve their quality life. PAVE was created to enable more Veterans to access the benefits of service dogs. Through personalized training and lifetime support, PAVE makes a difference in the lives of Veterans. If you're a Veteran who is ready to regain your independence, contact us today to learn more.

Are PAVE Service Dogs Right For You?

Veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities can experience complex, chronic symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty relating to others, depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. Veterans with disabilities can have their PAVE service dogs perform specialized tasks that improve their quality of life. From making simple tasks more accessible to providing essential support for significant challenges, PAVE service dogs have been shown to:

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Steady increase in independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce medication use
  • Enhance the Veteran's quality of life and positive outlook
  • Physical assistance with everyday tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • You became disabled while serving your country (doesn't need to be combat-related).
  • You have a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • You are currently receiving support from a provider.
  • Can attend our training camp, which is located in Portland Metro, Oregon. You must provide transportation and accommodations during the time.
  • You currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can fulfill the needs of a dog on all levels.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

Please note that PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert for example). Please see ADI for organizations that specialize in these areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Service Dogs for Veterans

PAVE's mission it to provide service dogs for Veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities.

PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). You can find organizations that are experts in these areas at ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization promotes excellence in all aspects of assistance dog acquisition, training, partnership, and partnerships. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

PAVE is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It receives funding from private donations, corporate gifts, foundation funding and grants.

It costs PAVE around $42,000 per dog, which includes lifelong follow-up training and support.

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards program expenses.

PAVE pays for the service dog, training and support, as well as the initial equipment and supplies worth over $1,500.

It takes approximately 1.5 - 2 years to train a service dog.

PAVE works closely with Guide Dogs for the Blind, select breeders and rescues/shelters.

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

These breeds have proven to be successful in service dog work due to their aptitude, temperament, work ethic, and overall performance.

Training commences when the dogs are accepted into our program.

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. They employ positive reinforcement techniques.

PAVE assistance dogs are trained to the specific disability needs of the individual Veteran. Some of the tasks they do depend on the Veteran, but could include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Open or close doors
  • Get items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Provide DPT (Deep pressure Therapy) and grounding

No, PAVE does not train or certify dogs already owned by the Veteran. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this kind of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Licensed health professional ongoing support appropriate for the mental and/or physical disabilities.
  3. To ensure the well-being and housing of the service dog, financial stability is essential.

Have another Question?

Email the PAVE team at [email protected], and we’ll answer all your questions about service dogs for Veterans.

Why use PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans(PAVE) is committed to providing Veterans with the support that they need and deserve. We proudly provide service dogs free of charge to Veterans. Veterans can live a fulfilling, independent life thanks to the service dogs that are trained in our extensive program.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain independence? 

Our team will be there to help you from the beginning of your PAVE application to training camp with your service dog or companion. We provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert dog trainers. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Start your journey to PAVE by completing this simple contact form.

We look forward to speaking with you.

Help Veterans Regain Their Freedom

Service dogs save lives. Help us to help Veterans by supporting PAVE. Your support and generosity go directly towards helping our Veterans and more donations mean more service dogs for Veterans in need.