Southold American Legion presents a check to AVD. Photo credit SoutholdLocal

How your Veteran Service Organization can help

Millions of veterans have a service-related physical injury, and hundreds of thousands are affected by some level of traumatic brain injury. However, a specially trained service dog can help mitigate these disabilities and provide the independence and support to help our country’s veterans back to a life of dignity and self-reliance. Service dogs can also be trained to alert for seizure response and assist with vision and hearing needs as well as many other tasks. 

America’s VetDogs® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides specially trained guide and service dogs to serve the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country. All of our services are provided at no cost to veterans and first responders with funding coming in from the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, service and fraternal clubs and veteran service organizations.

How can you help?

America's VetDogs relies on voluntary contributions from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and service organizations to fund its mission. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place an assistance dog; however, there is never a charge to the recipient, even if their disabilities are non-combat related.

  • Spread the word about the America’s VetDogs programs – Drive your family and friends to

  • Make a financial contribution and/or encourage others to contribute or raise funds.

  • Sponsor a class or a veteran/dog team.

  • Invite a VetDogs speaker to an event.

  • Include America's VetDogs in your bequest, legacies, and planned gifts.

  • Make a donation in memory or honor of your fallen comrades, friends, or loved ones.

If you know anyone who would benefit from having a guide or service dog, or have questions about our programs, please reach out to the America’s VetDogs Consumer Services team at 866-282-8047 or