Types of Service Animals

Companions for Heroes offer 3 types of animals, depending on the needs and qualification of each hero.

Companion Dogs/Cats

Companion animals primary function is to provide comfort or emotional support. They help the hero coping with psychological trauma because they require their owner to focus on the animal’s needs. Being walked, fed, groomed and played with redirects their owner’s focus from their troubles to that of the animal helping the hero regain a sense of purpose.

Emotional Support Animal

Heroes needing more than a companion can apply for an Emotional Support Animal. These specially trained canines can accomplish the same tasks as Service Dogs, but are not granted public access.

Service Dogs

Service animals are dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, and are granted public access to do so. They can be particularly helpful to heroes affected by PTSD and anxiety because they can be calming, especially in public situations. They can also be trained to guide people who are blind, alert people who are deaf, pull a wheelchair, alert and protect a person who is having a seizure, remind a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications and many other tasks.