San Diego Celebrates Grand Opening of Paws for Purple Hearts Facility

 In Events, PPH San Diego

Expanding our impact to the community

We are very excited to announce the Grand Opening of our San Diego Facility. With the official opening of our doors on Thursday, April 12, 2018, we will be able to provide top-notch canine-assisted therapy and assistance dogs to many more Warriors facing mobility and trauma-related challenges in Southern California and the Southwest overall.

Since July 2017, we have provided innovative Canine-Assisted Warrior TherapyTM to over 40 individual veteran and active duty military service members who have occupied more than 200 session slots and received more than 60 hours of valuable session time devoted to reducing their PTSD and TBI symptoms.  Our spacious newly-renovated building will allow us to provide our existing partners at the VA, DOD and private service organizations with the option of bringing patients to our facility for Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy.  It will also allow us to increase the number of sessions we can provide as we expand to join with new partners in the area to help injured Warriors.

CAWT Participant plays with PPH dog Valiant after therapy session
CAWT Warrior with PPH Valiant
PPH Instructors Selah Marting and Kristen La Torre standing with two PPH pups in front of new facility
PPH Instructors Selah Marting and Kristen La Torre standing with two PPH pups in front of new facility

We will now be able to breed and train assistance dogs right here in San Diego, and that means we can increase the number of dogs we provide to Warriors and those who serve them.  We can also conduct Assistance Dog “Client Training” here, during which we match dogs with their future Warriors or the specialists who help Warriors.

Our new facility is equipped to allow us to involve our Warriors in other fun dog activities such as agility and scent detection training as well.  We will also provide educational services to the community, including Warrior Pet Dog Obedience. This is a free service we provide military families to teach their pet dogs basic obedience and manners.

New and improved

Our newly-renovated site will enable us to ramp up our volunteer programs, including those in which volunteers help us to socialize and train our assistance dogs. From petting newborn puppies to exercising and walking dogs, there is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in getting involved.

3 PPH dogs- in training relaxing on new turf at PPH facility
3 PPH dogs- in training relaxing on new turf at PPH facility

On the day of the event, we will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and proclamations by the Mayor’s office, City Council, County Board of Supervisors, and elected officials. There will also be guided facility tours, service dog demonstrations, and refreshments.

Come show your support for an organization doing great things for San Diego and for Warriors across the whole country.  Tell your friends & neighbors too!

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Come join the celebration.  All are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

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