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Paws and Stripes is a local nonprofit located in New Mexico, setting up shelter dogs with veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI to become service dogs, at no cost to the veteran to enroll. 


Insurance companies typically don’t cover the cost of service dogs for veterans. Privately, it costs from $10,000 to $60,000 for the dog and its training. This is where Paws and Stripes comes in. We provide service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Most importantly, we do it for free, at no cost to the veteran to enroll.

Paws and Stripes provides equal access to all qualified veteran applicants and does not discriminate on any basis, which is prohibited by law, including race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political views, age, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, socioeconomic status, or marital status.


Companion Animal Program 

The Companion Animal Program is for individuals who are looking for a well-trained pet, as well as access to other resources here at Paws and Stripes. The requirements for this program are that you attend a weekly group class for your pup, and a weekly workshop individually. Starting in October of 2020 Biweekly mental health appointments will also be required.  

Service Dog Program 

The Service Dog Program is for individuals who need support regarding their disability on a day-to-day basis. To qualify for this program, you must have at least three tasks in mind that a dog can do to directly address your disability. The program requires 3-4 weekly appointments for Paws related activities.

Pawsitive life group 

Veteran support group for survivors of suicide and suicide loss.


This 10-week course provides evidence-based practice to manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use topics include learning, about triggers, relationships and anger. Psychoeducational activities are conducted in a group setting and confidential.