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Service Dog For Veterans Eugene, OR

Veterans in Eugene, OR receive custom-trained service animals at no cost with lifetime support.

While military service may only last for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds that Veterans experience can last a lifetime. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be a challenge. It is estimated that 1 out 5 suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among the nearly 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI, MST, PTSD, and PTSD can cause a host of symptoms that interfere with daily living, making it difficult to get sleep, socialize, or 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. Are you a Veteran looking to regain independence? Contact us today.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veteran with psychological or physical disabilities may experience a variety of chronic and complex symptoms, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, and nightmares. PAVE service dogs provide specialized tasks for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs have been proven to provide support to Veterans in a variety of ways, from making basic tasks easier to providing critical support to those who face significant challenges.

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Increase your independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • You became disabled while serving the country. It doesn't necessarily have to be combat-related.
  • A clinical diagnosis of PTSD or MST, TBI, or the need for specific physical assistance.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a supportive provider.
  • Can attend the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • You currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can fulfill the needs of a dog on all levels.
  • Have been honorably discharged.

PAVE does not place service dogs in the areas of legally blindness, hearing impairment, or medical alert dogs (seizure or diabetic alert). For more information on organizations that are experts in these areas, please visit ADI.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Service Dogs for Veterans

PAVE's mission is training and providing service dogs to Veterans suffering from mental or physical disabilities to help them.

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. You can find organizations that are experts in these areas at ADI.

Yes, PAVE can be accredited to Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization establishes and promotes standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training, and partnership. Only three organizations in Oregon are currently accredited members.

PAVE is a non-profit organization that is 501(c). It is funded by corporate donations, private donations 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 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 closely with Guide Dogs for the Blind, select 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.

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. They use positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. They may perform the following tasks depending on the Veteran's particular needs:

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

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International provides a list of organizations that provide this type of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. For those suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities, a licensed health professional is providing ongoing support.
  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 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. The trained tasks completed by service dogs through our comprehensive training program empower Veterans to live an independent, fulfilling life.

Apply for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is ready to support you through the PAVE process from application to training camp with your new companion and service dog. We provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert dog trainers. There ie no cost to your service dog, training or 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.