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Programs

Description
Provide funding to veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, military sexual trauma, and other invisible disabilities the ability to train with their dog in a qualified service dog training program. The goal is for them to graduate from this program with a service dog that is fully trained to help them successfully handle their invisible disability. The long term goal is for these veterans to become healthy, productive participants in civilian life. This is done 1 Veteran & 1 Dog At A Time
Budget
$100,000
Program Successes
RRUFF Dog Park Opened December 2011. The Healing Heroes program was added in 2014.

The Special Needs Area for the Healing Heroes Program was completed in January 2014 - This is a 30' x 60' fenced area, with a concrete perimeter, Artificial K9 Turf and a 20'x30' Shade Structure, benches, watering station and small garden. Over $25,000 was raised to complete this project.

Healing Heroes began awarding scholarships in 2014.

As of December 31, 2019 over 104 disabled veterans have been given the opportunity to participate in the program.

Healing Heroes has fully funded four (4) classes on the American River College Campus. Each class accommodates 10-15 veterans who are students at the college as well as non students when space allows.

Classes are scheduled every year at Pet Food Express in Roseville, in Rancho Cordova, Placerville, Grass Valley/Nevada City, American River College and Beale Air Force Base.

The first Beale Air Force Base class began July 2018. This class was a pilot program in conjunction with Beale AFB to provide service dog training to newly discharged military personnel or while they are in transition. The first class graduated in March, 2019. A second class began in June , 2019. A third one is scheduled for June 2020.

Veterinary care, including but not limited to spaying/neutering, emergency services and puppy wellness packages are funded by us for service dogs in-training when the need arises. Funds are available to pay dog acquisition cost including adoption fees from rescues, SPCA's, and breeders when the opportunity to bring a qualified dog into the program arises.

This program has improved, and saved, the lives of the veterans who benefit from the service dog training. The long-term success can only be measured as these brave veterans return to civilian life as fully functioning contributors to a society who owes them a considerable debt for securing our freedom.