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Service Dog For Veterans Hillsboro, OR

Veterans in Hillsboro, 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 goes through a unique healing process. Some veterans find it challenging every day. 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 all have symptoms that make daily living difficult.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. PAVE's mission is to make it easier for more Veterans to enjoy the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. We are ready to help you regain your independence. Contact us today for more information

Could A Service Dog From PAVE Support You?

Veterans with psychological and/or physically disabled veterans experience a range of complex and persistent symptoms including nightmares, depression, difficulty socializing and anxiety. A PAVE service dog can complete 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
  • Sleep quality and quantity can be improved
  • Steady increase in independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD and MST, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
  • Reduce the need to take medication
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • Physical assistance with everyday tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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The Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • Have a disability related to serving our country (doesn't 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.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • You currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • Recognized as honorably discharged

PAVE does not place service dogs in the areas of legally blindness, hearing impairment, or medical alert dogs (seizure or diabetic alert). 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 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). These organizations can be found at ADI.

Yes, PAVE is an Accredited Member of 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 Oregon-based organizations are currently members.

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

It costs approximately $42,000 for each dog. It also includes support and training throughout the dog's life.

Around 90 cents of each dollar goes towards 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.

It takes approximately 1.5 - 2 years to train a service dog.

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

These breeds have proven to be successful in service dog work due to their aptitude, temperament, work ethic, and overall performance.

As soon as the dogs join our program!

PAVE dogs can be trained by professional, certified dog trainers that specialize in service dogs. They employ 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
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

No, PAVE does not train or certify dogs already owned by the Veteran. Assistance Dogs International lists several organizations that offer this kind of training.

The first required qualifications are:

  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 use PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans, (PAVE), is committed to providing Veterans the support and care they deserve. 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.

Apply for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain 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. Dedicated to facilitating your new and better life, we provide tailored training and lifelong support with access to professional advice from our specialist dog trainers. You can access free training for your service dog and ongoing support.

Start your journey to PAVE by completing this 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.