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Service Dog For Veterans Meridian, ID

Veterans in Meridian, ID 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. From the roughly 2.7 million Americans that have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, it's estimated that 1 in 5 is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 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 with service dogs can greatly benefit from their support. Our purpose at PAVE is to help more Veterans access the benefits of service dogs. Through personalized training and lifetime support, PAVE makes a difference in the lives of Veterans. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Are PAVE Service Dogs Right For 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 Veterans from their nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase independence 
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD/MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce need for medications
  • Enhance the Veteran's quality of life and positive outlook
  • Assistance with daily 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 a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • 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.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • Honorably discharged

PAVE does not have service dogs for the legally blind, hearing impaired or medical alert dogs (seizure and 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 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). For organizations who specialize in these areas, please visit ADI.

Yes, PAVE can be accredited to 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 currently hold accreditation.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PAVE is funded by private donations, corporate donations, 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 dog, the training, and ongoing support at no charge, along with the initial supply of equipment and supplies valued at over $1,500.

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

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

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

These breeds have been proven to be excellent service dogs in terms of temperament, aptitude, and work ethic.

Training commences when the dogs are accepted into our program.

Professional dog trainers who specialize in service dogs train PAVE 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
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Retrieve 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. For those suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities, a licensed health professional is providing ongoing support.
  3. Housing and financial stability to provide for the well-being of the service dog.

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?

At Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), we are wholeheartedly dedicated to providing Veterans with the support they need and 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.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is available to assist you in every step of the PAVE process, from application to training camp to your new companion or service dog. 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. There are no charges for service dogs, training 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.