programs for veterans

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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.



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.

Contact enrollment@pawsandstripes.org

for more information.

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.