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Patriot Service Dogs (PSD) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to pairing well-trained service dogs with veterans free-of-charge. Any honorably discharged veteran with a physical or mental disability is eligible to apply--we do not favor any specific era of service or require veterans to be combat wounded.
PSD was founded in 2009 by Susan Bolton, Julie Sanderson, and five other dedicated volunteers and has grown to over 100 active volunteers. We are located in Central Florida but place dogs throughout the United States. If you would like to join our team, we have many volunteer opportunities available. If you would like apply for one of our dogs, please fill out an application and mail it in!
Why, PSD? Answers to the 4 Most Common Questions Asked of PSD
As service dogs become more common, people naturally have a lot of questions about the many differences between organizations. Some groups use rescue dogs, some help people self-train, others work with one dog at a time-no service dog program is identical and there is no “right way” to train a service dog, but we do…
PSD’s Service Dog Summer School!
This summer, Patriot Service Dogs is offering a brand-new volunteer opportunity! We are excited to introduce “Service Dog Summer School!” Don’t worry-it’s going to be a lot more fun than real summer school. What is summer school for service dogs? Our organization is lucky to have five promising puppies training in our WOOF Prison Program…
Running With the Rotties: The PSD Rottie Team
As many of you know, Patriot Service Dogs introduced our first Rottweiler to the program in late 2021 when we welcomed Rosie (sponsored by the Jacaranda Island Neighborhood). Almost exactly a year later, Rosie was joined by her little sister-same parents, different litters-Dolley (sponsored by Douglas Brodbeck). Our two Rottie girls have been a pleasure…
Introducing Bailey and Mattie!
The Class of 2024 is already looking strong with our “New Triplets” (Millie, Dolley, and Bear), but now we’ve added another sibling pair to the team–Bailey and Mattie! These two black labs are brother and sister and come to us from the same breeder who we got Patton (Class of 2023) from. So far, Bailey…
The Class of 2022 Graduation!
Patriot Service Dogs celebrated the graduation of our 2022 class last weekend! It was a wonderful evening to end an intense and great week of advanced training with our four new veteran/service dog teams. While the ceremony was sold out, we know that there were many more people who would have liked to attend. So,…
Meet the New Triplets!
On February 25th, Patriot Service Dogs will send off a trio of golden retrievers our team has come to know as The Triplets–Norman, Auggie, and Captain (they will be joined by their younger pal, Cutter as well). In truth, two of the three boys are biological brothers, and one was born to a different mother,…
PSD’s Top 10 of 2021
As we head into a new year, Patriot Service Dogs is looking back at all that we accomplished in 2021! With such a full year, it was hard to narrow this list down to 10 milestones. As you read through these, know that it takes a village to train a service dog and match them…
PSD’s First Subscriber Q&A
You asked and we answered! Last month, we asked subscribers to the Patriot Service Dogs digital newsletter (if you’re not a subscriber, add your name and email here to receive the latest PSD updates) to submit their questions about training service dogs, PSD, matching dogs and veterans, and anything else relevant to our community. We…
Tank Triumphant: The Graduation Celebration!
As Patriot Service Dogs CEO, Julie Sanderson, said at the beginning of Tank’s graduation ceremony, “We’ve been training service dogs since 2009 and have placed close to fifty dogs in that time. We’ve been partnered with Department of Corrections since 2011 and have worked with countless inmate-trainers since then. But in all that time, there…
Real Vests, Fake Service Dogs: How Pet Dogs in Vests Impact Trained Veteran/Service Dog Teams
You’ve probably seen it, a dog barking in a restaurant or dragging their owner down the hallway of a hotel or even lunging at other dogs; they have a vest, maybe one that looks just like a PSD vest, but they don’t have the training to go with that responsibility. Once you’ve met a fully…
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LIVING A MORE FUNCTIONAL LIFE
"Bradley came into my life just over a year ago, but it seems like much longer than that. Bradley is full of energy and loves to help me out in any way he can. Bradley's specific training to my needs allows him to help me live a more functional life. There are certain things that I did not understand if I would be able to do again, but I found out with Bradley I can do them. He has a bond with me that a person nor a material item can provide. He is a big ball of energy, but when it's time to get into "Cape," he turns into my superhero. I am truly grateful for Patriot Service Dogs and the legacy they are passing on every year to help support wounded veterans like myself. You have touched me and my family's lives forever, and I couldn't imagine life without my buddy (Bradley). For that, I am truly grateful."
- MARK RUSH, RETIRED ARMY