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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion dogs, and on a case-by-case basis, service dogs, obtained from shelters, rescues and humane societies, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, first responders, military spouses and children, and Gold Star Families recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. C4H increases public awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals. C4H is a non-clinical and non-facility based organization that places special emphasis on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for shelter and rescue animals, some who might otherwise be euthanized, and our nation’s service men and women by accessing the expertise of medical care professionals and animal welfare organizations. C4H is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those suffering from psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a dog.

Results: Over 1,400 Heroes and Dogs Served/Saved.

Target demographics: Our country's Veterans, regardless of era, first responders, gold star families, and military children.

Geographic areas served: U.S.

Programs: After an on-line application, once approved, our Heroes are assigned to a C4H Program and Training Director (PTD) to help them find the right rescue dog for their needs as either a service or companion dog. C4H PTDs guide the Heroes through the adoption process, striving to make sure that the personality and temperament of the dogs will closely match that of the Hero's to ensure the success of the adoption. Following the adoption, each Hero must keep the dog at home for a two week "settling in" time period. Simultaneously, the C4H PTD vets a trainer local to the Hero that can provide the training needs of the Hero and dog. The trainer sets up a time period to evaluate the dog and C4H reimburses the Hero for their shelter and/or rescue fees and provides contact for the new trainer to begin the training process agreed upon.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 JAnderson2nd

Client Served

Rating: 5

Companions for heroes has a long history of giving back to those who serve and protect. This is Scarlett, one of our two mental health and therapy dogs donated by this amazing charity to assist staff in Public Safety, and hospital staff to deal with the tragedies and critical events that we face on a constant basis.

When we reached out to Companions for Heroes about our idea for a program to assist those in public safety and hospital staff, the response was amazing! The work they provide to help those on the front line of public safety is unbelievable and palpable.

Because of the support and donation from Companions for Heroes, Scarlett alone has touched over 500 people in some shape or fashion and helped push the mental health message "it's ok to not be ok".

We would of never been able to make this happen without the support of Companions for Heroes.

5 Tiffany M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that helped me completely change my life! My service dog was completely life altering and has helped my quality of life! Easy to work with and amazing staff!

13

Board Member

Rating: 3

Mixed. PETS2VETS provides a phenomenal service to US Military veterans (see: www.pets2vets.org). The services provided--sheltered animal adoption for sufferers of PTSD, TBI, etc.--are incredibly cost-effective and show great promise for healing our nation's heroes. Dozens of men and women have adopted through P2V! The organization's mission is strong and shows great potential, but could benefit from some sort of staff support.

Review from Guidestar