The Paws for Purple Hearts South-Mid Region team established its regional headquarters in San Antonio, Texas in 2016, and opened up a newly-renovated state of the art facility there in 2017.
We proudly help our nation’s Warriors in a variety of ways. We provide therapy with our service dogs in training to Warrior patients of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. Through our innovative form of canine assisted therapy called Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy, Warriors facing PTSD and TBI have an opportunity to reduce the severity of their symptoms by participating in our structured therapy sessions, during which they help prepare and train a Paws for Purple Hearts service dog that will be placed with a fellow wounded Warrior.
We train Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and mixes of the two breeds to become top-grade assistance dogs to help improve the lives of our nation’s Warriors from all over the region.
Military service members, veterans, and their families in the San Antonio area can participate in our free Warrior Pet Dog Training classes, conducted by graduates of the prestigious Bergin University of Canine Studies. Watch our Events Calendar for upcoming classes.
Your generous, tax-deductible donation to Paws for Purple Hearts will improve the lives of thousands of warriors facing the visible and invisible wounds of warfare and service. You will be restoring their independence and allowing these warriors to reintegrate into society in the nation they so bravely volunteered to defend.
We place service dogs with service members and veterans facing challenges such as:
– Mobility issues. Our dogs can help with tasks such as: retrieving items, pushing buttons for elevators and doors, turning lights on/off, bracing to help move from/to wheel-chairs or to navigate stairs, plus many more.
– Diagnosed trauma-related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our dogs help by performing a variety of tasks specifically designed to reduce symptom severity.
Through our thorough application process, our qualified staff determines if a PPH service dog will be a fit for your specific needs.
Paws for Purple Hearts is the first program of its kind to offer therapeutic intervention for Veterans and active-duty military.
Under the guidance of PPH instructors, service members engage with specially-bred Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies.
PTSD patient-trainers must overcome their emotional and affective numbness in order to heighten their tone of voice, bodily movements.
With just $19/month gift you will ensure a future service dog has all of its vaccinations, training equipment, and of course toys to get started in their life altering education.
Your gift of any amount will be a tremendous help to our Service Dogs in Training. It costs $52/month in dog food alone for just one dog.
Paws for Purple Hearts Dogs are trained to the most exacting certification because our veterans deserve the best, and thanks to you, they will never have to pay for any of our services. It costs more than $33,000 to raise just one dog to this high standard.