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Career Change Dogs

A new chapter begins…

Our Career Change Dogs

Like all other Service Dog Organizations, occasionally Paws for Purple Hearts has a dog that is not suited to the high demands associated with service, facility, or specialist therapy work and therefore becomes available for adoption. Paws for Purple Hearts career changed dogs are free of charge for Veteran adopters, and available for purchase to others. The dogs are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have received various levels of training. THESE DOGS ARE NOT CONSIDERED SERVICE, FACILITY, OR SPECIALIST THERAPY DOGS, however, they can still make excellent companion animals.

We accept rolling applications for career changed dogs and will contact you if and when we have a dog available for adoption that we feel is suited for your home. We cannot guarantee you a released dog and we do not accept applications for specific dogs. Dogs are released from our program for specific reasons and when considering an adoption, we will place a dog in the home we feel is best suited for the dog’s needs and temperament. If we have a dog available for you, we will inform you about the dog’s limitations and training level. /.

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Our Long History

Paws for Purple Hearts is the first program of its kind to offer therapeutic intervention for Veterans and active-duty military.

Therapeutic Intervention

Under the guidance of PPH instructors, Service Members engage with specially-bred Golden Retriever and Labrador puppies.


PTSD patient-trainers must overcome their emotional and affective numbness in order to heighten their tone of voice, bodily movements.

Donation Dollars at Work

With just $19/month gift you will ensure a future service dog has all of its vaccinations, training equipment, and of course toys to get started in their life altering education.

Your gift of any amount will be a tremendous help to our Service Dogs in Training. It costs $52/month in dog food alone for just one dog.

Paws for Purple Hearts Dogs are trained to the most exacting certification because our Veterans deserve the best, and thanks to you, they will never have to pay for any of our services. It costs more than $35,000 to raise just one dog to this high standard.

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