Due to COVID 19 we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 training and graduation. In order to keep all of our veterans and volunteers safe, we have moved graduation to October 4th.  We hope that date will work for us all to gather and congratulate the new service dog teams of 2020. If it is still not safe, we will place each dog individually with the veterans and celebrate together when the day comes that we can gather. Please know, all of our dogs in training continue to be trained both in prison and in private homes.  Lowell CI has done an amazing job keeping COVID 19 out of the facility. and we respect the plans created by Department of Corrections. We appreciate everyone's concerns and will keep you updated as PSD works through these trying times. Stay safe!  

Who We Are

Patriot Service Dogs is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping our disabled military community gain a sense of independence through a partnership with a well-trained service dog. PSD was founded in 2009 by Susan Bolton and Julie Sanderson and 5 other dedicated volunteers and has grown to over 100 active volunteers. We have offices in Jacksonville, FL and Belleview, FL. If you would like to join our team, please let us know! We have many volunteer opportunities available.

More About Us

Patriot Service Dogs relies on volunteers to raise and train puppies for about 18 months to 2 years before the dogs receive their specialized training. We are always looking for people in the Ocala/ Villages area who are willing to join our efforts to accomplish our mission. PSD also initiated a program called W.O.O.F. at Lowell Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Ocala, FL, where a group of inmates are paired with service dogs-in-training and are responsible for their care and training. Weekend raisers provide the prison pups with real world experiences.

What Is A Patriot Service Dog

Our service dogs are individually trained to perform tasks to assist disabled active military or honorably discharged veterans with PTSD, mobility disabilities, traumatic brain injuries or loss of a limb. After an extensive 2 years of training and exposures, our health-screened service dogs’ abilities are matched with the applicants’ disabilities. We strive to make a difference in the lives of those who have given so much for our freedom.

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We value both monetary donations and volunteer time.


Raise a puppy that will forever change someone’s life.


The gift of a Patriot Service Dog will help regain independence.


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