Endless Story Opportunities

If you're a member of the media in search of a good story, you've come to the right place.  America's VetDogs has amazing stories to tell, and limitless ways to tell them.  Whether you're looking for an uplifting tale with a happy ending, a compelling angle for a story about the transformational power of an assistance dog, an inspiring tale of a veteran with a disability, or a professional expert to give opinions and advice on everything from veterinary care to planned giving, we're happy to be your resource.

Since 2003, America’s VetDogs has trained and placed guide, hearing, PTSD, and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras.  In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence.  It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

For story opportunities, or media questions, please contact Public Relations Specialist, Allison Storck at 631-334-2615.

Press Kit Materials

Our Press Kit includes organization highlights, bios, fact sheets, and information about America's VetDogs.

Please think of us as a resource for interesting story ideas, for example:

  • Captivating personal stories from veterans. 
  • Personal experiences from any of our 1,300 volunteers. 
  • Interviews with expert guide and service dog instructors.
  • Appropriate etiquette when interacting with an assistance dog?

John Miller Named New President and CEO

Posted on 2/5/2018
The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization America’s VetDogs today announced the appointment of John Miller as president and chief executive officer effective March 12, 2018.

Patterson Grant Awarded to VetDogs

Posted on 12/4/2017
November 30, 2017 (St. Paul, MN) – The Patterson Foundation board recently awarded more than $114,000 in grant funding to seven nonprofit organizations.

CEO Wells Jones to Retire

Posted on 9/7/2017
Wells Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, to Retire Smithtown, NY (September 7, 2017) – The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs announced today that CEO Wells B. Jones will retire in January 2018 after more than 28

Long Island Golf Event Supports Service Dog Program for Veterans

Posted on 8/10/2017
GOLF EVENT SUPPORTS SERVICE DOG PROGRAM FOR VETERANS 18-hole tournament helps provide funds to place service dogs for veterans with disabilities Smithtown, NY (August 8, 2017) – America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org), a nationally accredited provi

New Board Members Announced

Posted on 7/20/2017
Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs Elect New Board Members Smithtown, N.Y. (July 20, 2017) – The Guide Dog Foundation (www.GuideDog.org) and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org), are pleased to announce the electi

America’s VetDogs Launches Operation VetDogs

Posted on 5/1/2017
America’s VetDogs and Charlie, TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” Team Up for National Military Appreciation Month - VetDogs Launches Operation VetDogs to Support Veterans with Disabilities

Purina partners with VetDogs for Incredible Dog Challenge

Posted on 4/25/2017
From incredible Jumps to Record-Breaking Dive, Purino Pro Plan Celebrates 20 Years of the Incredible Dog Challenge - Brand Partners with Andy Roddick and America’s VetDogs to Launch “Call for Incredible” Campaign Highlighting Incredible Dog Stories

Planet Dog Honor's America's VetDogs

Posted on 3/2/2017
Plant Dog Ball Honors America's VetDogs On April 8, The Planet Dog Foundation will host its inaugural Planet Dog Ball to raise awareness and funds for two highly-regarded organizations that provide service animals to veterans and active-duty servi

Long Island Run and Dog Walk Supports VetDogs Programs

Posted on 3/1/2017
Long Island Run & Dog Walk Supports Service Dog Program for Veterans with Disabilities Smithtown, NY (March 1, 2017)—America’s VetDogs is excited to host its Third Annual Long Island Run and Dog Walk on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Proceeds will ben

7th Annual Kent Island Run, Dog Walk & Fun Run

Posted on 2/16/2017
Smithtown, NY (March 1, 2017)—America’s VetDogs is excited to host its Seventh Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk. The event will take place at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Maryland, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Proceeds will ben

Petco Foundation Invests in America’s VetDogs

Posted on 1/17/2017
Petco Foundation Invests in America’s VetDogs Service Dog Program Smithtown, NY (January 17, 2016) - America’s VetDogs, a Smithtown, NY-based service dog organization, today announced it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation t

VetDogs Recognized by Mutual of America

Posted on 11/17/2016
PTSD Service Dog Program Named a Mutual of America 2016 Community Partnership Award Winner Long Island-based Program Pairs Trained Service Dogs with Veterans Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

VetDogs Receives Grant from Reeve Foundation

Posted on 9/6/2016
America's VetDogs Receives $5,000 Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for program Accessibility Projects Smithtown, NY – (September 6, 2016) – America’s VetDogs is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant f

PetSmart® Supports TODAY’s Puppy with a Purpose

Posted on 8/23/2016
PetSmart® Supports NBC’s TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” New Black Lab Puppy Named Charlie through National Online Voting Introduced this Week on the Show, Trained for Next 16 Months by America’s VetDogs to Serve a Military Veteran; PetSmart

TODAY Welcomes New 'Puppy with a Purpose'

Posted on 8/22/2016
TODAY Welcomes New ‘Puppy with a Purpose’ TODAY Teams Up with Nonprofit Organization, America’s VetDogs, to Help Raise Service Dog for Disabled Veteran New Puppy Will Be Introduced Monday, August 22, on NBC’s TODAY NEW YORK – August 22, 2016

Golf Event Supports VetDogs Program

Posted on 8/1/2016
GOLF EVENT SUPPORTS SERVICE DOG PROGRAM America’s VetDogs is pleased to announce its 7th Annual VetDogs Golf Classic (Golf.VetDogs.org) to be held Monday, August 29, at the Huntington Country Club in Huntington, NY. This event assists in deferrin

$35,000 Patterson Foundation grant awarded to America’s VetDogs

Posted on 7/18/2016
$35,000 Patterson Foundation grant awarded to America’s VetDogs July 18, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Earlier this spring, America’s VetDogs, a national organization that places certified service dogs with disabled U.S. veterans, was able to make modi

VetDogs Hosts Long Island Run and Dog Walk

Posted on 7/12/2016
America’s VetDogs®, the Smithtown Long Island-based not-for-profit that provides specially trained guide and service dogs to disabled veterans is excited to host its Second Annual Long Island Run and Dog Walk (LIrace4vets.Vetdogs.org) in partnership

Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs Presented TSA Award

Posted on 9/17/2015
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and America’s VetDogs both of Smithtown, New York, the Community Partnership award for the organizations dedication to working collaboratively with

New Board Chair and Five New Board Members Elected

Posted on 7/1/2015
The Guide Dog Foundation and its sister organization, America’s VetDogs, are pleased to announce the election of Donald Dea as the new chair of their board of directors, and the election of five new board members.