PO Box 231
Bowerston, OH 44695
Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professionally trained service dogs at no cost to Combat Veterans of all eras suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other combat-related injuries. Founded and located just outside Bowerston, Ohio. Dogs 4 Warriors Inc is managed by its founder and CEO, Sheila Slezak, a Master Dog Trainer and behaviorist, who has been training Police K9’s, Personal Protection Dogs for Senior Executives, Service Dogs, and Family Pets for over 30 years.
DOGS 4 WARRIORS UTILIZES RESCUE DOGS FOR OUR PROGRAM
When a member of the military is called to duty, they put their entire lives on hold. They box up their lives and put them on a shelf with a tag that says “to be continued……”. Some of those lives never get the chance to be continued and then there are those who get to come home, but they are not the same people who left. PTSD and TBI often cause the Veterans who return to feel like they are no longer able to face life. They feel out of place, confused, anxious, afraid, and on edge. The things they have been through, most people can’t even imagine and yet these veterans are judged because of that. One of the veterans in our program told me “It’s like being broken and half the pieces are missing so you cant even begin to put things back together.” At Dogs 4 Warriors Inc we know that a service dog won’t fix everything but we also know that they will help mend the wounds. We may not be able to fill in all the cracks but we will help find the pieces.
Target demographics: Veterans and Wounded Warriors.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5 veterans, 1 wounded warrior, and supported 15 teams in the field.
Geographic areas served: Portsmouth, VA.
Programs: Owner training for qualified applicants and their dogs. We also offer program trained dogs for veterans and Wounded Warriors who qualify.
Provide education, training & cost assistance to individuals and groups with health issues (diabetes) & certain disabilities about the benefits of and types of assistance that service dogs may provide.
Vmf assistance/service, facility and companion dogs, the organization’s most valuable assets, are provided at no cost to disabled veterans, whether the disabilities were incurred during military service or during private life following that service. It costs vmf as much as $35,000 to raise, train and place an assistance dog, depending upon its ultimate role and the complexity of the veterans’ needs being served. Each of vmf’s highly trained dogs is assessed throughout an ongoing 18 to 24 months training and placement cycle, to ensure the service dog is trained to meet a disabled veteran’s specific needs. Vmf does not maintain a fixed training