PPH Southwest Region

Headquarters in San Diego, CA

About Us

We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) to groups at San Diego and Los Angeles area VA facilities and at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. We are adding new programs all the time to help more Warriors! We also train service dogs to provide to Warriors facing challenges such as mobility impairments, PTSD and TBI. We are active in the local community, frequently attending events focused on helping the military and/or on dog care. Our service dogs in training love people.  We take them to provide social therapy to Veterans at different local organization sites, where each puppy brightens a military hero’s day.

Southwest Region

  • Serves California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • Headquartes: San Diego, California.
  • 5550 Oberlin Drive, Ste B, San Diego, California 92121-1738
  • (858) 779-2404
5550 Oberlin Drive Suite B San Diego CA 92121-1738

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Our Team

Staff

  • Kristen La Torre – Program Instructor, manages the Canine Assisted Therapy Programs and trains service dogs, Staff since Summer 2016 after graduating from Bergin University of Canine Studies
  • Selah Marting – Program Instructor, manages the Canine Assisted Therapy Programs and trains service dogs, Staff since Summer 2016 after graduating from Bergin University of Canine Studies

KEY VOLUNTEERS

  • Dan Townsend – Volunteer and retired Veteran who has been a committed and fun weekend home to many of our dogs in training, Volunteer since Fall 2016
  • Lesley Jackson – Enthusiastic and committed weekend puppy parent who is always a loving weekend home for our young exuberant puppies, Volunteer since Fall 2016
  • Coletta Boone – Supportive volunteer who helps at local events and is always spreading the word about our organization, Volunteer since Spring 2017

Accomplishments

  • January 11, 2017: began social therapy program at Vi at La Jolla Village
  • April 12, 2017: began SDTCAT program at Long Beach VA
  • June 19, 2017: began SDTCAT program at San Diego VA
  • November 9, 2017: began social therapy program at Veterans Village of San Diego
  • February 13, 2018: Commenced SDTCAT at Wounded Warrior Battalion – West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.

Dogs

  • Valiant – A Labrador/Golden Retriever mix and his greatest joy in life is being able to make new human friends! Follow at #pphvaliant
  • Oscar –  A young Golden Retriever who enjoys long naps after frolicking on the San Diego beaches! Follow at #pphoscar
We are active in the local community, frequently attending events focused on helping the military and/or on dog care

Our Partners

VA Long Beach Healthcare System

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions with a group of Veteran participants there in partnership with VA staff.

VA San Diego Healthcare System

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions with a group of Veteran participants there in partnership with VA staff.

Veterans Village of San Diego

  • We conduct social therapy sessions with homeless Veterans to help with their well-being on the road to recovery.

USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion – West

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions to Marines there in partnership with Wounded Warrior Battalion – West staff.

Vi at La Jolla Village

  • We conduct social therapy sessions with retired Veterans there; the visits help socialize our dogs as well, and we work with all retirees there to that end.
Kristen La Torre: Program Instructor, Bergin University of Canine Studies Graduate
train service dogs to provide to Warriors facing challenges
Warriors facing challenges such as mobility impairments, PTSD and TBI.

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.

Eligibility

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.

Our Long History

Paws for Purple Hearts is the first program of its kind to offer therapeutic intervention for Veterans and active-duty military.

Therapeutic Intervention

Under the guidance of PPH instructors, service members engage with specially-bred Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

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.

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