Maine Paws for Veterans received a $15,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation which will enhance the psychiatric service dog program.
The nonprofit Maine Paws for Veterans was founded in 2012 as an all-volunteer organization to address the unmet needs of Maine veterans living with post-traumatic stress. Over the past 10 years, he has developed a program that meets the needs of veterans who benefit from the life enrichment of having a service dog.
Through the program, veterans undergo 26 weeks of training to train their own service dog.
“Through this generous grant, we can continue to meet the needs of veterans with disabilities by providing these life-changing programs,” Tracy Shaw, executive director of Maine Paws for Veterans, said in a press release.
“This training is very important to the success of the relationship between the service dog and its lifelong partner,” said Joseph VanFonda, CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and retired US Marine Corps Sergeant Major. “The amount of training required is very robust for these beautiful animals. Battling PTSD is a team effort, and I believe this training will create a wonderful bond between dog and veteran.
For more information, call 207-449-9149 or visit mainepawsforveterans.org.
Author interview with Kathryn Miles scheduled in Freeport