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Service Dogs For Veterans Auburn, WA

Veterans in Auburn, WA get custom-trained service dogs for free with lifetime support.

Although military service may only be for a brief time, the psychological wounds and physical injuries suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. The healing process is a unique journey for every Veteran, and for some, every day is a challenge. It's believed that one in five Americans who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. TBI, MST and PTSD are all conditions that can disrupt your daily life and make it difficult for you to socialize, sleep, and maintain independence.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. Our purpose at PAVE is to help more Veterans access the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. 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 can benefit from PAVE service dogs due to their ability to perform specialized tasks. PAVE service dogs have been proven to be able to do everything from completing simple tasks to supporting veterans facing difficult situations.

  • Wake Veterans from their nightmares
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Increase your independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Reduce need for medications
  • 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 PAVE service dog

  • Became disabled while serving our country (does not have to be combat-related).
  • Have a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need for certain physical help.
  • Currently in treatment with a supportive provider.
  • Can attend our training camp, which is located in Portland Metro, Oregon. You must provide transportation and accommodations during the time.
  • Living Oregon or in California, Idaho and Oregon.
  • Can fulfill the needs of a dog on all levels.
  • 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). For organizations that specialize in these areas, please see ADI.

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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). For organizations who specialize in these areas, please visit ADI.

Yes, PAVE can be accredited to Assistance Dogs International. This internationally recognized organization sets standards and encourages excellence in all areas related to assistance dog training, acquisition, and partnership. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

PAVE, a 501(c),(3) non-profit organization, is funded through private donations, corporate donations and foundation funding.

PAVE charges around $42,000 per dog, which includes follow-up training and support for the life of the dog.

Approximately 90 cents of every dollar is spent on program expenses.

PAVE provides the service dog, the training and ongoing support free of charge. The initial supply of equipment is valued at $1,500.

A service dog can take between 1.5-2 years to train.

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

PAVE primarily trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, or Lab/Golden crosses.

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.

PAVE dogs can be trained by professional, certified dog trainers that specialize in service dogs. Positive reinforcement is used.

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

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Open or close doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding and Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT)

PAVE doesn't train or certify pets already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this kind of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. Support provided by licensed health professionals for those with mental or physical disabilities.
  3. Service dogs require housing and financial stability.

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 is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Veterans. As a nonprofit service dog organization, we provide service dogs free of charge for Veterans with lifetime support. Veterans can lead a happy, independent life with the help of service dogs who have been trained to perform specific tasks.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is here to help you with the entire PAVE process. From application to training camp, we will support you and your new companion/service dog. We are dedicated to helping you live a better and more fulfilling life. Our trainers can provide professional advice and tailored training. There is no charge for your service dog, training, or ongoing support.

Begin your journey with PAVE by filling out the contact form.

We are looking forward to hearing from 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.