FACT: Approximately 4 million dogs enter animal shelters every year.
FACT: Every 1 in 3 veterans suffer with PTSD and other mental health issues.
Wounded Paw Project provides emotional support dogs many individuals and veterans to help them recover from trauma and transition back into a normal life.
Our motto is “Saving A Paw, to Save A Life” – Giving Them a Second Tail as an Emotional Support Dog*.
We are a three-tiered organization:
We can’t do it without you!
We are not a rescue. Our focus is on saving dogs from high-kill shelters so they can be given a second chance at life. Additionally, we take the hard cases such as bait, tortured, and abused dogs, that most likely would be euthanized at a kill-shelter.
How to Support Wounded Paw Project
Daisy “Rainbow” Hernandez
Daisy “Rainbow” Hernandez was rescued from a shelter to fill the void to my human’s children. Their father was always gone to place like Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places for months and months at times. When he returned late 2008 something was different than his previous deployments. He was in constant pain and couldn’t get out of bed, the doctors kept feeding him pills after pills. He remained on active duty, but hid his physical and invisible wounds. However, I knew that I need to help him to save him from himself.
Giving Rescue & Shelter Dogs a Second Tail as an Emotional Support Dog
Wounded Paw Project (WPP) is dispelling the belief that shelter dogs are not practical candidates as Emotional Support Dogs. This notion is based upon the idea that by breeding, one can control temperament, wellness, and longevity. Anthropological data does not support the idea that upbringing and race/color influences level of performance or – more importantly – constructive contributor to society. Shelter Dogs exemplify the military creed [dogma] of “Service before Self”.
*Service, Emotional, Therapy, Comfort, Mobility, Sexual Trauma, Courts, etc.
WPP Success Stories
Emotional Support Dogs is one of our core competencies and the following are a few of our success stories
Kane came from a dog fighting ring and was used to breed. We decompressed him and showed him love. And the rest is to your left. He is a comfort dog like his girlfriend above. He loves to ride in my son’s huge 4X4. Keep your eyes wide open, and you just might see him.
Pebbles, is a one-of-a-kind pure loving dog. She is a rescue with a passion for children. She is currently in training to become a emotional support dog and has a huge personality for humans #PAW!
Obi was attacked and suffering from his own PTSD. Knowing that WPP is known for taking the hard cases. We did what most won’t or can’t and decompressed him and returned to duty. He now lives with his Navy combat veteran.
Originally name Rover from an Amish Community in Maryland. “Dover” had the natural instinct to heal and love. He is our first to be given to a family of first-responder. And assist his human daily.
Bella was a test of the Wounded Paw Project core competencies. She was to be euthanized for being dog aggressive. When we picked her up she was flaming red with a skin condition, more flakes than ski season, and STINKY! We patience and love, she has become a snuggle bug and is finalizing her training…
Jazmine was one of our more severe cases. She came from West Virginia and was abused and left for dead in the woods. We trained her as a comfort dog as she senses pain and does not like human to not be happy. She has a boyfriend “Kane”, and loves chasing balls.