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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Salem, OR

We provide custom-trained service dogs for Veterans in Salem, OR free of charge with lifetime support.

While military service only lasts for a limited time, the psychological and physical wounds experienced by Veterans can last forever. Each Veteran's healing journey is unique, and some days are difficult. It is estimated that 1 out 5 suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among the nearly 2.7 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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 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. Contact us today if you are a Veteran and want to regain your independence.

Could A Service Dog From PAVE Support You?

Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities experience an array of complex and chronic symptoms like nightmares, difficulty socializing, depression, and anxiety. 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
  • Improve sleep quality and quantity
  • Increase your 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
  • Physical assistance with everyday tasks
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our Basic Criteria for a Service Dog

  • Have a disability related to serving our country (doesn't have to be combat-related).
  • A clinical diagnosis of PTSD or MST, TBI, or the need for specific physical assistance.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a support provider.
  • Can attend the training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon. You will be responsible for your transportation and accommodation.
  • You currently live in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
  • Can fulfill the needs of a dog on all levels.
  • 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 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 is training and providing service dogs to Veterans suffering from mental or physical disabilities to help them.

PAVE does not place service dogs for the legally blind or hearing impaired. These organizations can be found at ADI.

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 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 PAVE around $42,000 per dog, which includes lifelong follow-up training and support.

90% of every dollar goes to program expenses.

PAVE pays for the service dog, training and support, as well as the initial equipment and supplies worth 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 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 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
  • Doors can be opened or closed
  • Get items
  • Nightmare interruption
  • 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 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?

Paws Assisting Veterans(PAVE) is committed to providing Veterans with the support that they need and deserve. As a nonprofit service dog organization, we provide service dogs free of charge for Veterans with lifetime support. The trained tasks completed by service dogs through our comprehensive training program empower Veterans to live an independent, fulfilling life.

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. We provide personalized training and support for the lifetime of your dog. You can also access professional advice from our expert dog trainers. There are no charges for service dogs, training and ongoing support.

Get started with PAVE. Complete the contact form to get started.

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.