Our Mission:

To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence.
The service dog programs of America’s VetDogs® were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.  Not only does a service dog provide support with daily activities, it provides the motivation to tackle new challenges.  

VetDogs trains and places guide dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision; PTSD service dogs to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder; hearing dogs for those who have lost their hearing later in life; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities, and facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of VetDogs’ services are provided at no charge to the individual.  Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.

Once they make the decision to get a service dog, applicants become part of VetDogs’ open and welcoming community.  They are supported with an uncompromised commitment to excellence, from highly empathetic and certified trainers to a meticulously constructed curriculum.  VetDogs teams each student with the dog that’s right for them – and the power of their bond makes ordinary moments extraordinary.  Crossing the street independently becomes a moment of liberation.  Traveling alone becomes a welcome adventure. Embracing new experiences becomes an everyday occurrence.

America’s VetDogs launched in 2003 as a project of the Guide Dog Foundation.  In 2006, it became a separate 501(c)(3) corporation; the two organizations continue to share staff and other resources to ensure people with disabilities receive the best services possible.  

With an assistance dog from America's VetDogs by their side, a hero is never alone.  With their courage and determination, these remarkable teams reconnect us all to the highest form of freedom there is: the freedom to experience the world around us in any way we choose, and to live without boundaries. 

Accreditation

In 2013, America's VetDogs became the second assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International; the Guide Dog Foundation was the first.

     

Accreditation reinforces the organizations’ reputations in the assistance dog movement by showing that they consistently follow the highest standards for the humane and ethical treatment of dogs, maintain educational benchmarks for trainers and apprentices, and that there are procedures in place for consumers during the application and acceptance process, including a way for them to address any grievances.

How we rate as a charity


America’s VetDogs has been recognized by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance as an accredited charity that meets their twenty “Standards for Charity Accountability”.  VetDogs has also been identified by The Patriots Initiative as an accredited charity that meets their best practices that most effectively support our nation's armed forces communities.

   

Military Relationships


America's VetDogs has built cooperative relationships with the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and today, we are a premier organization providing assistance dogs COSC dog in Afghanistan.and training to disabled veterans and active service members.  VetDogs continually strives to increase the options and services for veterans to ensure that they receive all the tools they need to once again be self-reliant.  

VetDogs has placed physical and occupational therapy dogs military medical centers to work with service members recovering from amputations or other injuries.  Through retrieval, bracing, and innovative tug-of-war exercises, these dogs work with servicemembers as they adapt and work with their new prosthetic limbs.  Specialized facility dogs have been placed at several VA medical centers throughout the country.  Therapy dogs make the rounds with wounded service members, offering emotional support and comfort.   

We have been honored with the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, the second-highest level award given to civilians “for exceptional service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army’s missions.”
If you have a question or a comment about our services, contact America's VetDogs at:

America's VetDogs 
371 East Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787-2976

1-631-930-9090
Toll-free:1-866-VETDOGS (838-3647)
Fax: 1-631-930-9009
info@VetDogs.org

If you have a general message, or if you are unsure who to send your message to, please address it to info@VetDogs.org, and we will promptly route it to the appropriate person.