Dogs in Training

Enriching the lives of Veterans and giving second chances to shelter dogs

Dogs in Training

Our dogs are chosen from some of the numerous shelters in the Hampton Roads area.  We choose dogs who possess certain attributes that will assist in making them a successful service dog to a veteran.  They are screened by professional dog trainers and we can only select a few.  These dogs will be trained to serve in many capacities.  Some will be able to recognize an emotional breakdown and intervene.  Some have the ability to sense nightmares.  Some can remind a veteran when to take necessary medications.  Others can alert the veteran to danger or block perceived threats.  At the very least, these dogs are giving the veteran a sense of non-judgmental love and a reason to live.

All of our dogs are named after a veteran who has lost their battle to PTSD
Below are the beloved veterans and their namesakes.

Alex

This beautiful big boy is named Alex. We named him after Alex Cuevas who lost his battle to PTSD this past May 2016.

Alex Cuevas

This beautiful big boy is named Alex. We named him after Alex Cuevas who lost his battle to PTSD this past May 2016.

Jason

This boy has come to us from the islands. He is named after Jason Starr who lost his battle to PTSD.

David

This adorable fuzzy guy is David from Isle of Wight.

John

This is David.

Here are some of our amazing graduates who have gone on to forever homes.

Malec

Malec has just found his forever home with Petty officer, first class Robert Adams.

Adams spent 23 years in the military, first as a marine and now as an active-duty Navy corpsman serving at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story.

Check out their story.

Sean Malec

Cash

Cash coms from Suffolk Animal Services.

This little guy is named after Christopher Cash.

Christopher Cash

Mike "Salty"

Arrived for training with us in August 2015 from Virginia Beach SPCA.  As soon as he arrived we deided his name should be “Mike” in honor of Mike Sahlberg.

Mike Sahlberg was a loving father and husband.  Michael lost his battle to PTSD in July of 2014.

Kelli

Kelli came from the Peninsula Animal Services.

 

Kelli Grese