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.
Each day, twenty two Veterans with PTSD, TBI, and other injuries find suicide as the only alternative to a life of suffering the effects of combat. The focus of Dogs 4 Warriors Inc is to provide quality trained service dogs for these Veterans and improve the quality of life for those who have sacrificed everything for us.
Our Veterans need quality trained service dogs that can help them make it through the day with their loyalty, love and helping hand (paw). Please remember this is not just a pet, this is much more. These dogs are trained for the specific needs of each Veteran and their situations. We have dogs in training that have been privately donated or rescued from shelters. All of our dogs are thoroughly tested for the best personality traits and physical standards. Once the dogs are accepted into the program they are then matched up with a Veteran based on the Veterans home life and personal needs. The dogs are then trained for tasks and commands specific to that Veteran. Each dog and veteran team then receive training together and any needed follow up training for the lifetime of that service dog. ALL of this is done at NO COST for the Veteran.
Our program is run solely on donations, fundraisers, and through the sale of licensed apparel.
Please help us give back to these men and women who have selflessly served our country and have paid such a high cost for doing so. These sacrifices are made not only by them but also by their families to protect all of us. They need to know that they have not been forgotten.
We have not forgotten them.
Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible as a charitable donation.
“I am an American and I am free today because someone fought, bled or died in my place. I vow that as long as there is breath in my body that their sacrifice will not be in vain.” B. B. Wright