PTSD Service Dog Program
Since 2012, Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) has made significant investments in PTSD Service Dogs. As a voting member of the Canadian General Standards Board study on the efficacy of PTSD Service Dogs, this process has reinforced and provided early clinical evidence of that which we knew to be imperially true: properly trained PTSD Service Dogs can and do change and save lives. We are encouraged by the study and pleased that our investments are achieving significant and intended positive long-term results.
The positive impact PTSD Service Dogs have on the lives of an ill and injured member and his or her family is profound. As you can imagine, this news travels fast. We have now reached a point in Canada where the demand has outstripped the funding capacity requisite to train and pair service dogs with ill and injured Veterans and First Responders. Nationally, the waiting list has grown to exceed two years and remains our greatest challenge and concern – a sentiment that is shared throughout the Service Dog community.
The Way Forward – the WWC PTSD Service Dog Program
Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to launch the WWC PTSD Service Dog program. Under this new program, WWC has set a criteria trainers must meet in order to train and pair a Wounded Warriors Canada PTSD Service Dog.
WWC will provide annual funding to provide a minimum of 25 WWC PTSD Service Dogs this year with the intent to increase that number in this and subsequent years should resources allow.
WWC will work to raise national awareness concerning PTSD Service Dogs with the goal of substantially increasing funding/pairing.
WWC PTSD Service Dogs will wear specialized WWC vests to ease public recognition and understanding.
WWC will liaise with all training partners in order to monitor and track progress of each pairing.
All Service Dog pairings will meet or exceed current standard and laws concerning PTSD Service Dogs and will be capable of meeting or exceeding forthcoming national standards.
Ultimately, the objective of this program is to increase the number of properly trained PTSD Service Dogs to the ill and injured Veteran and First Responder population.
Join the mission – help us reduce the waitlist!
The average cost to properly train and pair a service dog is $15,000 and takes on average two years to complete the pairing process. What’s more, because of the complexity of the training, not all dogs that train to become at PTSD Service Dog graduate. That is why it’s imperative that we get as many dogs training with our partners as we possibly can.
Together, we can work towards the goal that no qualifying Veteran or First Responder ever waits to receive this life-changing experience that they so rightly deserve.