Giving hope, support and saving lives of veterans with PTSD by training dogs and veterans together to form a service dog team in central & northern lower Michigan.
We serve our veterans that have at least 50% PTSD and or mobility issues. If you don't have a dog that would be a good candidate for a service dog, we will provide one at no charge, if conditions are acceptable. We have a two year program/contract that our clients have to agree to follow.
We are a Christian based organization that serves the veterans of the central and lower northern Michigan. We solely function on donations that are made to Helping Paws for Veterans. We are a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
First thing you need to do is decide if your ready to make the commitment.
Next you will need to do the following:
1. Call for an application.
2. Find and make a copy of your DD214 or DD215 to give Helping Paws
3. Find and make a copy of your latest VA Award Letter to give to Helping Paws
4. Once you have your Application and have your information filled out, take it to your Doctor / Therapist for them to fill out.
5.Once 1 - 4 has been done, call Helping Paws to schedule a date and time to meet.
Helping Paws for Veterans thanks our veterans for their service. We give hope to a veteran in need of a dog. Supporting our clients with training their dog and giving focus to be able reach their goals.
June 9, 2012
Lori, the research you did into the qualifications of the American Disabilities Act developed for service dogs, and the training program you developed to assure the dogs you train meet the qualifications and beyond the standards, made it possible for my dog to learn how to assist me with my health issues. Also, you were very patient with me, you made certain that I understood what commands are best and how to use the commands effectively. I suspect that “training” me has been much more difficult than teaching my dog.
My dog helps make my disability much easier to cope with. I doubt we could have gotten to this point without the Helping Paws training program. I am so thankful and highly recommend your program to anyone wanting a specialized service dog. I guarantee that the dog will not only meet the standards but also exceed the American Disabilities Act expectations.
My Sincere Thanks,
July 28, 2016
I am sitting here counting my blessings. If it were not for helping paws , I would not have Zoey. My anxiety and depression is way down to where I can sleep again without the nightmares. I am not all alone anymore. I have few friends by choice. Friends are like coins, I’d rather have quarters than 100 pennies and my coins are priceless. I cannot thank the Lord enough for the friends I have…again a huge thank you to you and Tim.
February 8, 2017
I just am letting you know that Bea and I have already started bonding extremely well. She is such an amazing dog! Last night she slept with me like you said she would, and in the middle of the night I woke up with her laying with her front legs on my chest. So I thought that maybe she needed to go outside. So when I got up she followed and then she grabbed one of her toys and seemed like she wanted to play. Which kind of puzzled me at first, but then I remembered the dream I was having was not a pleasant one. So that’s when it hit me, she woke me up from a nightmare! On the very first night! And I ended up sleeping in until almost 9am! I haven’t slept past 5am in over 10 years! Thank you, thank you, and thank you for bringing her into my life. I already am feeling better.
February 14, 2017
2 years ago on this date my life changed more than anything else has affected it. I met this wonderful woman and her husband and this great wonderful dog for the first time. I got to take him home, it was love at first sight. I don’t know how I lived without him. I am celebrating not only his birthday with me, but our meeting and becoming friends. I give you lots of credit and am so very grateful to have you, Tim and Ben in my life!
Your support and contributions will enable us to help our veterans get dogs, as well as gear that is needed for the dog and training. Your generous donation will help fund our mission and will allow us to continue helping other veterans. All donation are tax deductable.
Send your donation to:
Helping Paws for Veterans
3400 W. N. Co. Line Rd., Farwell, MI
Thank you for your donations, all money goes towards the dogs needs and not into our personnel pockets.
Veterans Pheasant Hunt September 2022
Tails-A-Waggin’ Acres Hunting Preserve
You are asked to register if you would like to come and hunt.
If you need a gun, ammo, vest, or mobility track chair, it is provided.
Central Michigan Veterans Fund
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Rolling Thunder Chapter 1
Sam & Judy Brankel
Dennis & Trish Nagle
Herb & Gerry Payne
Fred & Charleen Payne
Kelly & Kristy Socia
Clare's 100+ Women
We love our veterans, so let us know if you are from our area that we cover in Michigan and would like to meet with us about our program. Sorry, but appointment only.
3400 W. North County Line Rd., Farwell, MI 48622, us