There are 22 veterans that commit suicide every day.
A Companion Dog’s primary function is to provide comfort and emotional support. They help the hero coping with psychological trauma because they require the hero to focus on the dog’s needs. Being walked, fed, groomed and played with redirects the hero’s focus from their troubles to that of the dog, helping the hero regain a sense of purpose. This leads to the hero in becoming active in his or her community.
- Active Duty Military, Reserve, and National Guard
- Military Veterans (Honorable or Other Than Honorable Discharge)
- Law Enforcement (Retired and Active)
- First-Responders (Retired and Active)
- Military Spouses and Children (Children ages 2-18 years old)
- Gold Star Families
Our Program provides:
- Full reimbursement of adoption fees if the dog was not adopted prior to applying for our services.
- All dogs receive cost-free training with the hero and are certified to obtain the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification (Companion Dog), or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Service Dog).
- A gift card to PetSmart or Petco so the hero can obtain basic pet supplies at no-cost.
- A care package (t-shirt, toys, etc.).
- Nine (minimum) scheduled follow-up meetings over the first year while in the program and three after graduation.
- Coordinated additional follow-on training, including paying for additional training, and arranging services as required.
- Processing of the hero’s request for a Service Dog, to include identification of the hero’s needs and the determination of the appropriateness of the request.
- Evaluating suitability of the Companion Dog based on temperament and age to become a Service Dog.
- Assistance whenever the hero makes a request.
If you are Active Duty Military, Reserve, National Guard, Military Veteran, or First-Responder and require additional services that C4H does not provide, please visit the National Resource Directory.