Introduction to America’s VetDogs
When you see wounded veterans returning home from the war, doesn’t your heart go out to them? I bet it does, mine does too. You want to help, but what can you do? War has changed things in their world. They need help on a daily basis and America’s VetDogs are serving the purpose. Our four-legged friends are even more necessary than ever. America’s VetDogs have given new life and new hope to veterans and their families. Are you a vet, or do you know a vet, who would benefit from a guide dog? If so, America’s VetDogs are waiting to help.
America’s VetDogs have three types of dogs: guide dogs, service dogs and military therapy dogs. This article will give you information on their guide dog program. You can request a dog and attend a 25-day training program in many locations across the United States. As with any dog-human program, the veteran will be matched with an appropriate dog. The training classes are typically small; in order to give more personalized training.
The veteran will get a dog that has been suited to his needs as well as his personality and lifestyle. It is anticipated that man and dog will have many years together, and it is important to get a good start on that new and improved life. Once training is over, vet and dog head home to begin their life together. If additional training is required in the future, it will be provided. Help is only a phone call away.
Information regarding a guide dog from America’s VetDogs program:
Am I eligible for an America’s VetDogs?
If you are an honorably discharged Veteran from any branch of the Armed Forces, are legally blind but in good physical health, have proper housing and are able to travel for training, you can apply for a dog. Vets should apply for an America’s VetDogs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, through your local VIST coordinator.
How do I apply?
That is easy, just call 1-866-VETDOGS (1-866-838-3647), which is the Admissions Office, and ask for an application and tell them if you want it via e-mail or regular mail.
What kind of dog will I get?
America’s VetDogs program only uses full bred Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles and first generation mixes of labs/goldens.
How big are the training classes?
They are held to a total of 10 students with 2 instructors.
How much does it cost?
There is absolutely no cost to the vet for the dog or the training, including room and board. Once training is complete your dog’s medical and food necessities will be the vet’s responsibility.
How many years can I expect with my guide dog?
A working service dog’s career lasts approximately 7 to 8 years.
What about service dogs and military therapy dogs?
A service dog is used by veterans that have disabilities other than blindness. If you are in need of a service dog – click here for more information.
Military therapy dogs serve in VA hospitals in the United States and abroad. If a military therapy dog is what you need – click here for more information.
Can I donate to America’s VetDogs?
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile program – click here to find out how you can help. America’s VetDogs is a not-for-profit organization and all donations are handled through their parent organization, the Guide Dog Foundation.
Donations are always welcome and they are tax-deductible. It is an easy and painless way to help our veterans lead a better life.
If you are a veteran in need of the services of America’s VetDogs program, take the time to check into it further. This is a fantastic opportunity and something to take into consideration. If you know a veteran who fits the criteria, please let him or her know about VetDogs. They gave their all for their country; now let’s show them that the country cares.