We can often find that we would like some extra help with our daily lives. Maybe we need someone to be there for us to get through difficult times or someone to help us with our daily needs. That’s where a Service Dog can often fill that need.
We, here at Angels with Paws, believe that a dog can be the perfect fit. We are here to help you with your new helpmate. If you already have an exceptionally smart dog, or you need us to pair you with one, we want you to live a fulling life. This is why we do not charge a training fee for any veteran in need of a service dog. Since we are a non-profit organization, We do ask a veteran to ask family and friends to make a donation in their name to help cover our expenses. The only times you may be asked to pay any money is if we have to deliver or pick up a dog for you. With the high price of fuel today, we are unable to drive more than 100 miles from our headquarters in Woodville, Texas, at this time.
While many organizations keep their dogs for up to two years for training before pairing the dog with a veteran, we do our program differently. Our goal is to find a perfect match for veterans and dogs. If the dog needs some training before being paired with the veteran, we will prepare the dog. Then once you take possession and do some bonding, the specialized training will begin.
There are three types of Helping Angels
- Comfort Dog: Has completed standard Obedience.
- An Emotional Support Dog (ESD) is a dog that has been “prescribed” by a licensed mental health provider to help an individual cope with a condition. Unlike service dogs, emotional support dogs don’t require any specialized training. However, they are taught how to recognize when the individual needs emotional support. Their companionship is the treatment.
- A Service Dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
If you’d like to have a Helping Angel, please submit the form below, and we will contact you to get the process going. To save time, please have documentation ready from a doctor stating you would benefit from having a service dog. We will also need the type of dog you desire (Comfort, Emotional Support, or Service), and if you need us to pair you with an Angel. Once you have your dog and an approved application, you will begin one-on-one training.