Our mission & vision

Providing animal assisted therapy to military veterans with PTSD, MST, and TBI using rescue dogs; saving lives, two at a time.

Veterans and their dogs living without isolation

Ten years ago, Paws and Stripes was born out of a need​ ​to care for our military veterans who were living with the deep scars of war as a result of their service to our country. Many came to us “at the end of their rope,” feeling unheard and left behind. We listened. We took action to see that this organization might make a difference in their lives. 


Today, every single one of us is being called to listen, again. We have never tolerated racism, sexism, xenophobia, abuse, homophobia, or any sort of discrimination. Today, we join the chorus speaking out against these evils. We condemn them. We demand better of ourselves and of our country.


BLACK LIVES MATTER. This is not a political issue, it is unequivocally a human rights issue, and it has been dismissed, and even ignored, for far too long. 


Paws and Stripes is a human services organization and we stand with many others across the globe against systemic racism, against injustice, and against inequality. As one of our veterans said this week, “We all bleed red.” Our servicemen and women donned a uniform each day in service to this country and they were unified.  In the heat of battle, color barriers do not exist. These men and women have bled and broken their bodies for a deep love of America and the freedoms to which we are all entitled. Now is not the time to divide. Now is the time to come together, to fight for our country, and stand up for every American person of color. 


Paws and Stripes is listening. We will not shy away from uncomfortable conversations. We will never stop our work to understand the struggles other people endure. We know it will take more from all of us, and so we are committing to:


  • Bolster our diversity and inclusivity training for staff and volunteers.


  • Continue to hold space with internal forums discussing racism, implicit and explicit.


  • Coordinate meetings with military veterans of color and the extended community to hear their truths, and ask, humbly, what we can do better.


We will do our part to cultivate change around us and help usher in a better world. Paws and Stripes holds to its principle, now as much as ever, that it is only through kindness, love, empathy, unity, and integrity that real healing and real change can begin. 


We see you. 

We hear you.

We love you. 


Over 2,000 veterans AND their loved ones supported, each & every year.



more than 27,000 hours of work every year.



Paws and Stripes relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations,

service clubs, and foundations who support the work we do.

For you, we are tremendously grateful.



Become a Corporate Partner of Paws and Stripes


Charities look to local business for donations to support operating expense, to provide program funding, facilities upkeep and/or expansion, to sponsor fundraising events through cash or in-kind contributions.  Even the smallest of businesses can support their favorite nonprofit organizations through donations of items and services. 


Monday - Friday 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

617 Truman Street NE 

Albuquerque, NM 87110