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Service Dog For Veterans Sacramento, CA

Veterans in Sacramento, CA get custom-trained service dogs for free 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. 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). Conditions like PTSD, MST, and TBI present numerous symptoms that disrupt daily living and make it difficult to sleep, socialize, and maintain independence.

Service dogs provide immense support for Veterans to improve their quality of 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. If you're a Veteran who is ready to regain your independence, contact us today to learn more.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veteran with psychological or physical disabilities may experience a variety of chronic and complex symptoms, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, and nightmares. 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
  • Increase your sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of PTSD, MST, anxiety, and depression
  • Reduce your need for medication
  • Make the Veteran's life more enjoyable and encourage a positive outlook
  • Assist with everyday tasks by providing physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a PAVE service dog

  • Have a disability related to serving our country (doesn't have to be combat-related).
  • You have a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a supportive provider.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • You can live in California, Idaho or 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 organizations that specialize in these areas, please see ADI.

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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). Please see ADI for organizations that specialize in these areas.

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.

PAVE is a non-profit organization that is 501(c). It is funded by corporate donations, private donations 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 dog, the training and ongoing support free of charge. The initial supply of equipment is valued at $1,500.

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

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

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

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

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 can be trained to meet the needs of each Veteran. Examples of tasks they perform depend on the Veteran's specific needs but may include:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Close or open doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International has a list of organizations offering 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. For the good of the service dog's well-being, housing and financial stability are 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, (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.

Request a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain 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. We provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert 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 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.