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Service Dog For Veterans Grays Harbor, WA

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Grays Harbor, WA free of charge 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. 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. Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

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. By offering customized training and lifetime support, we make a tangible and significant difference in the lives of Veterans. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

Is A PAVE Service Dog Right For Me?

Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities experience an array of complex and chronic symptoms like nightmares, difficulty socializing, depression, and anxiety. PAVE service dogs provide specialized tasks for Veterans to 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.
  • Increase independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Enhance the Veteran's quality of life and positive outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • You became disabled while serving the country. It doesn't necessarily have to be combat-related.
  • You have received a medical diagnosis of PTSD, MST, TBI, or need 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.
  • You 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). 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, to train and provide service dog for Veterans suffering from physical and/or psychological disabilities is to do so.

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 has been accredited as a member of 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 Oregon organizations are currently accredited members.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PAVE is funded by private donations, corporate donations, 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.

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

PAVE is a partner with Guide Dogs for the Blind, selected breeders, and rescues/shelters.

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

These breeds are known for their ability, temperament, and work ethic.

As soon as the dogs join our program!

PAVE dogs can be trained by professional, certified dog trainers that specialize in service dogs. They use positive reinforcement methods.

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
  • Close or open 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 has a list of organizations offering this type of training.

The following qualifications are required for the first time:

  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.

What is PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Veterans. We provide service dogs for Veterans free of cost and are a non-profit organization. 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 your 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. There is no charge for 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.