Wags 4 Warriors Cleveland
Wags 4 Warriors has been selected as the primary charity for the ASMC Cleveland Chapter for the 2017-2018 program year. Our Chapter is proud to donate $100 in the name of each luncheon speaker to support this tremendous cause.
The mission of WAGS 4 WARRIORS is to unite veterans whom upon returning home from war suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with an appropriate dog, and to provide all of the training, equipment and support for the dog to become the veterans service dog at no cost to the veteran. The ultimate goal is for the service dog to take away the struggles the veterans face every day.
Wags 4 Warriors provides all of the training for the service dog, the cost of adoption fees, all equipment, routine veterinary care (vaccinations, spay/neuter, monthly heartworm and occasionally other veterinarian visits that are required for the year they are in training with Wags) and the costs associated with public access outing trainings. The estimated cost per veteran and service dog team is roughly $5,000.
Once a veteran and dog are paired, they begin their training and must complete 120 hours at the Broadview Heights training facility and 60 hours of public access training at places including restaurants, malls, museums, zoos, VA hospital, etc. The service dog must learn a minimum of three tasks to perform for the veteran and they must pass the three phases of testing throughout the training. This process can take up to one year to complete.
Wags is a family-oriented organization, which has multiple family picnics and veteran outings throughout the year.
For more information, please visit: http://www.wags4warriors.org/.