The mission of Pets and Patriots Foundation is to serve and support the veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) living in North Central Florida by providing qualified dogs and/or service dog training to them and their dog – thereby improving the quality of life for the veteran and family.
Some of our service dogs are former shelter dogs saved by a rescue group and donated to a veteran. By pairing carefully screened rescued dogs who receive specialized service dog training with a veteran battling PTSD, Pets and Patriots saves two lives – a rescued dog and a veteran who has served our country. Some of the veterans we help approach us to request specialized training for a dog they already own. Some of these dogs have been purchased or given to the veteran by a friend or family member in hopes of helping the veteran. In many cases, these dogs are well-suited to training as a service dog because they have already formed a strong bond with their veteran, and have already started helping their veteran cope with PTSD while at home. Our aim is to further their training so that these dogs can work as service dogs outside their veteran’s home.