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  1. Big Paws Canine Foundation, Inc.

    Big Paws Canine Foundation, INC. provides Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans and Former First Responders injured in the Line of Duty. Operated entirely by non-paid volunteers, all donations go directly to the care of the dogs so that they can be provided at no cost to our Hero's who need it...

  2. Hero Dogs

    Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, improves quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships. We have 5 staff members and more than 100...

  3. K9s For Warriors

    K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and...

  4. Doc's Dogs for Vets

    Doc's Dogs For Vets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by the Pleitez family in honor of Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez, an Army medic, who died in Afghanistan July 27, 2012.After Ben died, the family was able to meet with some of the returning soldiers, and in doing so, they began to...

  5. Heartland Canines for Veterans

    Heartland Canines for Veterans, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501c3 organizations that provides service dogs to veterans and assists with the training of the dogs. The mission of our organization is to provide service dogs for disabled veterans and to promote the pet industry.  We believe by offering...

  6. Sunrise, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center

    Sunrise, Inc is a not-for-profit corporation, established in Wayne County in 1980, whose purpose is to promote the health and social development of physically, mentally and socially disabled people through therapeutic horseback riding.Sunrise is a Professional Association of Therapeutic...

  7. Stress reduction and attachment in military veterans: Benefits of the veteran-canine bond

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw-Scott, Tammy K.

  8. Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center

    Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of lives of people with special needs. Through the rider and horse relationship we offer opportunities for people to nurture independence, confidence and trust in a safe and...

  9. Final Rule, "Service Dogs", Federal Register 2012, Description of Regulations Governing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Service Dog Benefit Program

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    This regulation includes an extensive preamble that summarizes and addresses comments received by VA on an earlier draft of the document, and discusses why psychiatric service dogs are not currently covered.SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning...

  10. Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD

    Contributor(s):: Allison M. Loy, Will Davis

    Approximately 300,000 Post-9/11 veterans are identified as having post-traumatic stress disorder in this country but it’s estimated that only 1 in 3 asks for help. For those who do, different kinds of therapy can help to manage the after effects of trauma. Many veterans find comfort from pets.

  11. The War Brain

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This article discusses the impact of exposure to war zones on the human brain and compares it to the survival instincts of horses which are "prey animals"  who depend on their primal instincts for survival. The article attempts to relabel the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress...

  12. Operation Delta Dog

    Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, we rescue homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with TBI and PTSD.Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to...

  13. Horse Back UK

    In November 2008 Jock and Emma Hutchison moved with their young family to Ferrar just outside Aboyne in Aberdeenshire. Their plan was to set up a business using American Quarter Horses and western riding to explore the beautiful scenery of Royal Deeside. That Christmas several friends, many of...

  14. Paws Fur Thought

    Paws Fur Thought is a volunteer driven initiative that Advocates and Fundraises to pair PTSD Service Dogs with Veterans and First Responders in need. Perhaps one of the most common questions we get asked at Paws is "Can you train my pet dog to become my service dog?" We understand the...

  15. Prisoners, pups, and PTSD: the grass roots response to veterans with PTSD

    Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer

  16. Don't Let Slip the Dogs of War: An Argument for Reclassifying Military Working Dogs as "Canine Members of the Armed Forces"

    Contributor(s):: Michael J. Kranzler

    Dogs have been an integral part of military activities around the world dating back more than two thousand years.  They have fended off invasions and helped bring down one of the world's most notorious terrorist leaders.  Yet under current law, they are afforded nearly the same...

  17. The Effect of Service Dog Partnership on the Mental Health Status of United States Veterans: A Quantitative Analysis Using the SF-36v2 Mental Health Survey

    Contributor(s):: Colleen McLaughlin

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a historically significant problem for soldiers and Marines in the United States military. A host of recent research supports this claim, and lends itself to the question of why more is not being done to help those who suffer from combat related stress...

  18. How Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy Addresses Military Sexual Trauma among Female Veterans: Systematic Review

    Contributor(s):: Claire Niessen-Derry

    There were roughly 5,061 reports of MST since the Department of Defense’s (DOD) fiscal year of 2012. The DOD believes that MST is vastly under reported and estimates that less than 20% of sexual assaults have been reported over the past seven years. The research question for this systematic...

  19. Animal-Assisted Intervention for trauma: A systematic literature review

    Contributor(s):: Marguerite E. O'Haire, Guérin, Noémie A., Alison Claire Kirkham

  20. Service dogs: offering help for PTSD

    Contributor(s):: Wilken, Stephanie A.