ARF has partnered with Purina Dog Chow to launch the Service Dog Salute campaign aimed at helping provide more service dogs to those needing them. It typically costs $15,000 to train a service dog, but ARF’s groundbreaking service dog program engages veterans to train their own rescue-turned-service dogs with the help of a certified trainer at the ARF training facility – turning a leash into a lifeline for both rescue dogs and our nation’s veterans.
Each year, thousands of our nation’s military veterans return home to discover guilt, panic, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are part of their readjustment into civilian life. Feelings of hopelessness and fear are common as many believe no viable solution is available – a real problem that contributes to less than 40 percent of affected veterans seeking treatment.
One promising solution involves four paws, a wagging tail, and specialized training to transform rescue dogs into service dogs who can then help change a veteran’s life for the better. Veterans who utilize service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, fewer hospitalizations and numerous other benefits.
More information is available at DogChow.com/Service.