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supporting veterans and
their dogs

Who we are

Paws and Stripes was founded in Rio Rancho in 2010 by Lindsey Kay. Lindsey was motivated by her passion for dogs, love of her country and those who have sacrificed so much to protect it. A veteran family member of Lindsey’s suffering from PTSD and TBI motivated her to research multiple organizations, but was unable to pay for service dogs due to the high cost. This inspired the inception of an organization dedicated to providing service dogs at no cost to veterans in order to fill this critical unmet need for veterans. 

In 2010, Paws and Stripes graduated their first team. By 2012, Paws and Stripes officially integrated a mental health component to its training programs. Since inception almost 10 years ago, Paws and Stripes has served veterans, rescued and rehabilitated shelter dogs as service dogs and refined its mental health programming. 

In the early days, Paws and Stripes received press and recognition for the unique and much needed programming from Time Magazine, Bark Magazine, Lisa Ling’s Our America, Stephen Colbert's Dream Fund, and Tractor Supply Magazine in addition to presenting internationally in Croatia and nationally in New York and at Yale University. In 2014, A&E's docu-series, Dogs of War, featured 5 episodes about Paws and Stripes.

In 2017, Paws and Stripes officially moved into a new facility, a generous donation to further its mission in Albuquerque. 



Gabe Castro (he/him)


Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Alexis Tappan (she/her)

Vice Chair

2540 Group


Roger Lilly, CPA  (he/him)


ClitonLarsonAllen LLP  


Allison Ritscher (she/her)


US Navy Veteran 


Phil Padrid, DVM (he/him)

Board Member 

VCA Hospitals


Dathan Weems, J.D. (he/him) 

Board Member

Dathan Weems Law Firm 


Anna Alexander Grace, J.D. (she/her)

Board Member 

New Mexico Bank & Trust 

Joan Wood (she/her)

Board Member

Joan Wood and Company

Luis Raul Armendariz (he/him)

Board Member

Hillcrest Bank

Keith Little (he/him)

Board Member

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Monica Holliday (she/her)

Board Member

Presbyterian Finance Manager


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