There are 22 veterans that commit suicide every day.
A Companion Dog’s primary function is providing companionship. A dog that does not work, providing only companionship as a pet, rather than usefulness by doing specific tasks. Being walked, fed, groomed and played with redirects the hero’s focus from their troubles to that of the dog, helping the hero regain a sense of purpose. This leads to the hero in becoming active in his or her community.
- Active Duty Military, Reserve, and National Guard
- Military Veterans (Honorable or Other Than Honorable Discharge)
- Law Enforcement (Retired and Active)
- First-Responders (Retired and Active)
- Military Spouses and Children (Children ages 2-18 years old ONLY)
- Gold Star Families (Surviving Spouses and Children ages 2-18 years old ONLY)
Our Program provides:
- Full reimbursement of adoption fees if the dog was not adopted prior to applying for our services.
- All dogs receive cost-free training with the hero and are certified to obtain the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Certification (Companion Dog), or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Service Dog).
- A care package.
- Nine (minimum) scheduled follow-up meetings over the first year while in the program and three after graduation.
- Coordinated additional follow-on training, including paying for additional training, and arranging services as required.
- Processing of the hero’s request for a Service Dog, to include identification of the hero’s needs and the determination of the appropriateness of the request.
- Evaluating suitability of the Companion Dog based on temperament and age to become a Service Dog.
- Assistance whenever the hero makes a request.
If you are Active Duty Military, Reserve, National Guard, Military Veteran, or First-Responder and require additional services that C4H does not provide, please visit the National Resource Directory.