Hero's Puppy for Life Organization, formerly known as Veteran's Puppy for Life, provides PTSD service dogs not only to veterans, but also to emergency first responders. We changed our name to make it clear that our services are not exclusive to veterans only.
The name "Hero's Puppy for Life" uses the possessive form intentionally because our mission is to provide a puppy to a hero who has suffered trauma while serving our country and communities. The puppy is meant to help them recover and return to the life they lost.
The puppy we provide is permanent, meaning that it will be the recipient's companion for the life of the puppy or the individual recipient.
Hi There! Did find one of our "Read to Me" bookmarkers? Thank you for visiting Hero's Puppy for Life Organization's website. Hero's Puppy for Life (HPFL) provides our Hero's with a puppy that grows to become their service dog. Please consider adding your financial support to HPFL! Without the support of others we cannot complete our mission of "Helping to Heal Wounded Souls...One Puppy at a Time!" Thank you for all you do for our Heroes.
Giving Tuesday November 28th, 2023
This year Giving Tuesday falls on November 28th. Our organization is not a recipient of
Colorado Gives Day, which is in December. We have a special gift for those
who donate $20 or more on Giving Tuesday.
We Truly Need Your Support This Year!
Thank You in Advance For Your Caring About
Hero's Puppy for Life Organization and Our Mission.
Self-Training Your Service Dog
Are you planning to self-train your future service dog? Here is a helpful video on what you should consider. Information you need if you are training your service dog on your own is right here.
Best Wishes, HPFL
Why We Matter
Hero's Puppy for Life Organization
U.S. Armed Forces Veterans and Emergency First Responders with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) live in a grey world filled with anxiety, depression, hyper-vigilance, isolation, addictions, or anger; many times, not knowing or realizing why. The trauma they lived through may be over physically, but not so in their mind. Even with being in treatment for PTSD, they still deal with it daily. PTSD truly is an invisible wound for many men and women in all branches of services and those who protect our lives at home.
Hero’s Puppy for Life Organization, a Colorado Charitable and IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to provide these men and women with a puppy when it is eight weeks old. Going through training together the puppy will eventually become his or her service dog. The goal is to help them focus on their puppy and not on themselves.
In a word, does it work, “Yes”! The service dog is not a crutch, as some people might want to believe. The purpose of a psychiatric service dog is to mitigate, or make better, an impending episode. When alerting the service dog provides tells the person, “Hey, something is about to or is happening here, and I need to let you know!” These service dogs perform certain alerting tasks allowing their handler to take necessary steps.
Since its inception in 2015, your donations have helped Colorado men and women veterans and emergency first responders living with PTSD graduate their puppy as their service dog.
Through the unbelievable ability of a puppy to empower the puppy recipient, their life and that of their family are changed forever.
We hope that you will support us in
“Helping to Heal Wounded Souls…One Puppy at a Time!”
When we started the Veteran's Puppy for Life Program through the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1041 in 2015 the goal was to provide one service dog for one United States Veteran living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
In June of 2016, we became the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Veteran's Puppy for Life Organization. Since the inception of this mission, we have graduated seventy-seven puppies as PTSD service dogs for both U.S. Armed Forces Veterans and Emergency First Responders living with PTSD.
We could have never imagined years ago starting with a simple goal, that so many lives would be touched by our endeavors.
Your support over the years is necessary for
"Helping to Heal Wounded Souls...
One Puppy at a Time!"
P.O. Box 21274, Denver, CO 80221-0274
1195 S. Huron St., Unit B ~ Denver Facility
410 S. 8th St., Unit D ~ Colorado Springs Facility
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