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Service Dogs For Veterans Federal Way, WA

Veterans in Federal Way, WA receive custom-trained service animals at no cost with lifetime support.

While military service only lasts for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds experienced by Veterans can last forever. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be a challenge. 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 exists to assist more Veterans in obtaining the benefits of service dogs. Our customized training and life-long support make a real and lasting difference in the lives and careers of Veterans. Are you a Veteran looking to regain independence? Contact us today.

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. 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
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase your independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Reduce the need to take medication
  • Improve the Veteran's life quality and 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).
  • You have received a medical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need physical help.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a support provider.
  • Can attend our training camp, which is located in Portland Metro, Oregon. You must provide transportation and accommodations during the time.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can satisfy the mental, physical, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • Have been 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 is training and providing service dogs to Veterans suffering from mental or physical disabilities to help them.

PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). These organizations can be found at ADI.

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

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

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

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

PAVE provides the service dogs, the training and the ongoing support for free, in addition to the initial supply and equipment valued at more than $1,500.

Training a service dog takes between 1.5 and 2 years.

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers or Lab/Golden crosses.

These breeds have consistently been successful in service dog work regarding aptitude, temperament, and work ethic.

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 are trained to the specific disability needs of the individual Veteran. The Veteran's needs will dictate the tasks they perform, but these examples may 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

PAVE doesn't train or certify pets already owned by Veterans. Assistance Dogs International provides a list of organizations that provide this type of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. A licensed health professional who can offer ongoing support for people with mental and/or physically 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 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 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 for 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 provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert dog trainers. There are no charges for service dogs, training 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.