Paws for Veterans

Rescuing Dogs to

Rescue Heroes

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Paws for Veterans accept dogs donated by individuals and/or groups?

Our bylaws state that our dogs will be rescued from shelters and we just don’t have the resources to house them.   As much as we would like to accept donations of dogs, we cannot. 

How much does it cost to get a service dog from Paws for Veterans?

There is no cost to the veteran for a service dog from Paws for Veterans.  The only costs incurred by a Veteran receiving a dog from us would be any travel related expenses to come pick up the dog in Florida and attend a two week training class.  Travel expenses include, but are not limited to: travel, accommodations, food, etc.

How long is the waiting list for a dog?

We present service dogs to qualified Veterans twice a year.  The average waiting period is 6 months, but can be more or less depending on individual circumstances and how many applications we receive.

How do I apply for a service dog?

The application is online at   It can be downloaded, printed and mailed to our office at 63 Ocean Blvd. Satellite Beach, FL 32937 or faxed to 321-425-4183

If I want a particular breed of dog, can you fulfill my request?

You can request a specific breed, but since our dogs are rescues it is very unlikely to receive a certain breed based on request. All our dogs are chosen based on temperament, stability and working drive rather than breed. 

I don’t live in Florida, am I still eligible for your program?

Yes, as long as you are a combat Veteran with PTSD and/or TBI and your application is accepted.  If approved, you would be responsible for any travel related expenses to pick up the dog in Florida and attend a two week training session with your dog but there is no cost to the Veteran for the dog, training or supplies that we provide.

I already have a dog, can Paws for Veterans train it to be a service dog?

This service will be offered soon.  Please check back.

 Does Paws for Veterans certify or register their dogs as service dogs?

At this time, the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require service dogs to be “certified” or "registered".  Our dogs do have documentation and identification, in addition to the mandatory task training required for a dog to legally be a service dog, identifying them as task trained service dogs with our organization.  The only things that make your dog a legal service dog is that your doctor has determined that you have a disability and your service dog is trained in specific tasks to help you mitigate your disability symptoms.

How long is the training and where does it take place?

Our dogs are trained in advance through our Prison Paws Program lead by our Training Supervisor.  This takes approximately 6 months at the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando, FL. 
Once a dog is presented to a veteran they attend a two week training class in the Melbourne, FL area.

How old must a dog be in order to begin training as a service dog?

Our dogs enter service training between the ages of 6 and 18 months

I’m a veteran with PTSD, can I get a service dog from you?

Yes, provided you are a combat veteran with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury, complete an application, submit the requested documentation and your application is approved.  This process can take a few months to complete.

Where is your office located?  What hours are you open?

Our office is located at 63 Ocean Blvd. Satellite Beach, FL 32937.  Our hours are 9:30 to 5pm Monday through Friday.

How long after I send in my application will I know if I’ve been accepted?

It can take up to six months to complete processing the application.  We request several documents in addition to the application and cannot process it until everything has been received.  If incomplete applications are submitted, they are put at the end of the wait list as we do not have the manpower to invest the time that is required to handle incomplete applications.  We are a small organization of only 5 volunteer board members.

Do you have a website?  Facebook page?

Our website is  and Facebook

Do you know of any other organizations in my area that do what you do?

There are many groups that provide a similar service but we don’t keep up with them.  Our recommendation is to search online for psychiatric service dogs and do some research on the group/s you are interested in.

How can I donate to your organization?

You can donate using a credit card via our “Donate” button on our website (

or send a check to:  Paws for Veterans, 63 Ocean Blvd. Satellite Beach, FL 32927

If you are wanting to donate but request a Check Presentation photo opportunity, please call come by during business hours and we would be happy to do a photo opportunity.

How can I volunteer with Paws for Veterans?

If you would like to volunteer, send us an email at and we will send a volunteer application for you to complete and return to us.  We have many volunteer opportunities!