programs for veterans and loved ones

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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.


You will have a group class for you and your dog, a workshop class, individual sessions, as well as a mental health appointment at least two times a month. Outside of the specific times you will be coming for Paws appointments, you will also have to train for 1-2 hours a day on your own time, and make it out to locations 3-6 times a week depending on how far into your program you are. You will be asked to volunteer at least four hours a month, and complete a training log weekly that you will submit to your trainer.


Starts June 21, 2022

Every Tuesday

4:30PM - 5:30PM

This is an evidence-based treatment model for helping people manage symptoms of trauma and substance misuse. Each week a new topic and safe coping skills are explored relevant to sustaining long-term recovery. Psych-ed activities are conducted in a confidential group setting.

companion animal program

The Companion Animal Program (CAP) 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. Biweekly mental health appointments will also be required. 

*Puppies must be 14 weeks or older and fully vaccinated.

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Starts September 7, 2022

Every Wednesday

4:30PM - 5:30PM 


Pawsitive Life Group utilizes expressive arts activities including art, writing, and mindfulness in a supportive, safe space for Veterans and their family members to process and share about the impacts of suicide and loss in their communities.


Activities are conducted in a confidential group setting.



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.