The service dog programs of America’s VetDogs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance. America’s VetDogs specializes placing highly-skilled service and guide dogs to individuals with physical injuries, PTSD, hearing and vision loss, and seizures.
The mission of America’s VetDogs is to help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence. All services are provided at no cost — including transportation to and from their campus in Smithtown, New York, instruction, and more!
VetDogs trains and places service dogs for those with physical disabilities; guide dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision; service dogs to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder; and facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of VetDogs’ services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and community organizations.
Once they make the decision to get a service dog, applicants become part of VetDogs’ open and welcoming community. Students will go to their 10-acre campus in Smithtown, New York, for a two-week in-residence training program. Classes are kept small to ensure personalized attention for each student and their new dog. Over the course of the time spent at the VetDogs campus, the student and dog bond and learn how to work together as a team. They are supported with an uncompromising commitment to excellence, from highly empathetic and certified trainers to a meticulously constructed curriculum.
For more information about applying for a VetDog, contact America’s VetDogs through their website or by calling (866) 838-3647.