Southeast PPH Region
Serving the Southeast Region since 2015
We have served the Southeast Region since 2015 from our facility in the small town of Ruther Glen, Virginia. We really enjoy the community that surrounds us. Our neighbors welcomed us and the dogs with open arms and continue to support us as we grow!
Our programs center on our unique service dog training canine assisted therapy (SDTCAT), which reduces the symptoms of PTSD and TBI through structured, positive interaction with our service dogs in training. We have provided this life-changing therapy to Veterans from the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and to Veterans in a Washington, DC area Vet Center. We also visit several private Veteran service organization facilities in the area where our service dogs in training provide social therapy to Warriors on the road to recovery. We are expanding our reach to serve more Veterans and Service Members all the time.
- Christina Cherry, Program Instructor – from California and is adjusting to the Virginia weather!
- Heather Martin, Program Instructor – is always interested in learning the latest and greatest about dog health!
- Alissa Berg, Program Instructor – enjoys spending time with the dogs providing lots of love and cuddles!
- Daniel Fudge, Program Instructor – is grateful for the opportunity to work along side our nations Veteran population and watch as the human/canine bond assists them on their healing journey.
- 2015 – Started social therapy visits at Poplar Springs Military Hospital
- 2016 – Began to have puppy parents and general volunteers
- 2017 – Provided service dog training canine assisted therapy to Veterans at the Prince George’s County Vet Center near Washington, DC
- 2017 – Commenced service dog training canine assisted therapy sessions with multiple groups from Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
- 2018 – Started social therapy and service dog training canine assisted therapeutic intervention at Fort Belvoir
Expanded our facility to include a puppy area and more adult kennel runs
Commenced social therapy at the Hampton VA Medical Center
- Autumn, Labrador/Golden Retriever cross — loves to work and get treats! Follow her at #pphAutumn
- Ronnie, Golden Retriever – loves attention and petting! Follow her at #pphRonnie
- Joan, Golden Retriever – loves learning new tricks and sports! Follow her at #pphJoan
- Theo, Black Labrador Retriever – loves to swim! Follow him at #pphTheo
- Scout, Yellow Labrador Retriever – loves to eat! Follow him at #pphScout
- Elma, Black Labrador Retriever – loves to play! Follow her at #pphElma
- Katie, Yellow Labrador Retriever – loves to sleep! Follow her at #pphKatie
- Marcie, Golden Retriever – loves to playing with toys! Follow her at #pphMarcie
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center: In the past year, we have had the privilege to provide our Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy to patients in three different groups at this very large VA facility in Richmond, Virginia. The Veterans and therapists travel to our facility to participate in our classes weekly or bi-weekly. We also bring our service dogs in training to an inpatient mental health unit here where we conduct social therapy to help reduce stress and promote healing. We are grateful to have connected with the VA and to work with the wonderful individuals associated with the team there. The Veterans who receive the therapy from our program also provide a crucial part in the training of our dogs, and we are grateful to them for all they have done for us.
USO at Fort Belvoir: Our Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy sessions have spread to Northern Virginia. Veterans and Service Members are able to receive this program multiple times a week for group sessions or one on one appointments. We are also providing “Open Hours” twice a week for drop-ins to meet and greet some of our service dogs in training.
Poplar Springs Hospital – Military Unit: We have been providing social therapy here for the past 2 years. Poplar Springs was the first hospital we were involved with following our arrival in this region. Their partnership is one we appreciate as our dogs love visiting the patients there.
USO at the Richmond Airport: Several times a month, we visit the USO at the Richmond, Virginia International Airport with some of our service dogs in training. The dogs help welcome returning troops home and also provide comfort to families whose loved ones are deploying from the airport. This partnership has helped our dogs develop socialization skills as they get acclimated to an airport environment, a must for all future service dogs! We are glad to be part of this great program.
Hampton VA Medical Center: We have forged a new relationship in the Tidewater region to include bi-weekly visits to the Community Living Center. We are delivering social therapy to Veterans living in the center and in hospice to reduce stress and provide comfort to those in end of life care. We are grateful to our new partnership and can’t wait to see how many others we can help in the area.
Caring Spirits, Serving Warriors
We Need Your Support
Donation to Paws for Purple Hearts can change a warrior’s vision of life from hopelessness to optimism through the loving eyes of a faithful companion.
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.
Donation Dollars at Work
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.