Patriot Service Dogs, Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping our disabled military community gain a sense of independence through their partnership with a well trained service dog. Patriot Service Dogs was founded in July of 2009 with offices in Jacksonville & Belleview. At the time of our incorporation, we had 7 founding members with an active and dedicated board. Patriot’s has grown to over 100 active volunteers. If you would like to join our team, please let us know! We need a volunteer grant writer, event coordinator, local Jacksonville Fl. area raiser/trainers and other volunteer opportunities are available.
After an extensive 2 years of exposures and training, our service dog’s abilities are matched with the applicant’s disabilities. Our focus is placing service dogs with disabled Military with PTSD, mobility disabilities, or loss of limb. We strive to make a difference in the lives of those who have given so much for our freedom.
So far, Patriot Service Dogs graduates are from as far away as Boston, Ma., Athens, Ga and as close as here in Jacksonville, Fl. Some of our graduates are still active military, as well as retired and medically discharged. Our most recent graduating class of service dog teams represent the Marines, Navy and Army. Please take a few minutes to check out our website and if possible, make a donation so we can place more service dogs with our deserving military.
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What is a service dog?
A service dog is individually trained to perform tasks for those with disabilities. These tasks can include guiding those who are blind, alerting those who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting someone who is about to have a seizure, make someone with PTSD feel safe in unfamiliar surroundings, or perform other special tasks. Service dogs are working dogs, not pets.
- We are a 501(c)(3) service dog training school; all donations are tax deductible
- Our primary goal is to place well-trained service dogs with disabled Military with a mobility disability, loss of a limb or PTSD.
- Our board meets every 2 months
- Long range plans include controlled growth, our own training facility & sustained financial development.
- Currently we are an all volunteer organization.
- 100% of our funding comes from grants, private donations & fundraisers.
- All financial information is open and available for all to see.
We feel it is very important to support the communities that we live in and we have found ways that benefit both our pups in training and the community at large.
WOOF [Women Offering Obedience & Friendship] - We are very proud of our involvement & partnership with the Marion County Humane Society and Lowell Women's Prison in Ocala, Fl. We are helping make humane society dogs more adoptable through our 8 week programs where the inmates train the dogs in basic obedience and house manners. We recently started a new program of having the inmates help train service dogs for Patriot's.
Sunshine Reading Program - We have set up reading programs in schools and the library in Jacksonville Beach where children read to our pups.
Another way we've been able to give back is through our nursing home visitation program. We recently adopted the Clyde E Lassen Veterans State Veterans Nursing Home in St Augustine. We also volunteer at Hospice of Marion County and Crystal River Rehab Center. Our visits to Crystal River are sponsored by the St. Benedicts Mens Club and Alter Guild. We appreciate their support and the Guild for setting up these visits. We feel it is a win/win for us all.
Lend a helping hand
If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with – we welcome you! Our volunteer opportunities include:
- Puppy Raising – a 2 year commitment
- Event Planning
- Vacation raisers – a wonderful way to see all that goes into being a puppy raiser
- Setting up speaking engagements
- Hosting a houseparty – invite your friends we'll do the rest!
If you have a desire to help, we will gladly find a place for you in the Patriot Service Dogs Family – just call 904-777-1371