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Service Dog For Veterans Gresham, OR

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

Although military service is only for a short time, the mental and physical traumas suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. Each Veteran's healing journey is unique, and some days are difficult. 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, 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. PAVE was created to enable more Veterans to access 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

Are PAVE Service Dogs Right For You?

Veteran with psychological or physical disabilities may experience a variety of chronic and complex symptoms, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, and nightmares. Veterans with disabilities can have their PAVE service dogs perform specialized tasks that improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs are able to help with simple tasks as well as providing support for those facing significant challenges.

  • Wake up Veterans during nightmares
  • Increase your sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your daily independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Increase the quality of life for Veterans and improve their outlook
  • Physical assistance with everyday tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a 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 receiving treatment from a support provider.
  • Can attend our training camp in the Portland Metro, Oregon, and provide for your own transportation and accommodation during that time.
  • You can live in California, Idaho or Oregon.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • 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 those organizations who are specialists in these fields, please refer to 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). Please see ADI for organizations that specialize in these areas.

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

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers (Gold Retrievers), Lab/Golden cross dogs.

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

Once the dogs have joined our program, we will start training!

PAVE dogs are trained by certified, professional dog trainers specializing in service dogs. They employ 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
  • Open or close doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding and Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT)

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

The initial required qualifications are:

  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 choose 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.

Apply for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain 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 offer tailored training and ongoing support, as well as access to expert advice from our dog trainers. There ie no cost to your service dog, training or ongoing support.

Start your journey with PAVE by completing the simple 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.