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Paws for Purple Hearts Team Alaska

Serving the Northwest Region since 2015

About Us

The Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) team in Alaska operates in a unique location.  Alaska has more Veterans per capita than any other state.  Alaska is home to over 70,000 Veterans and approximately 20,000 active duty Service Members, comprising a significant population of potential service dog recipients and canine assisted therapy participants. The Anchorage area is home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (aka “JBER”) which was formed in 2010 through the merger of Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson.

We’ve been in operation serving Alaska’s Warriors since 2015.  In 2016 we opened a facility in Fairbanks.  In 2019 we relocated to Anchorage.  It is an honor and a privilege to provide our Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy® to our beloved Warriors.  Our innovative therapy programs reach Veterans and Active Duty Service Members at the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital and the VA Domiciliary in Anchorage.  More programs are in development.  Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Beyond Alaska, we support and assist dog recipients throughout our region to ensure a successful lifelong partnership when we provide a service dog, facility dog or specialist therapy dog.

NORTHWEST REGION

  • Serves Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
  • Headquarters: Anchroage, Alaska.
  • (907) 290-7166
Northwest Service Region Service Area: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

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Our Team

Staff

  • Debbie: Program Instructor – Provide PPH’s unique Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy to active-duty and Veteran military personnel in Anchorage and the surrounding areas
  • Melissa: Program Instructor – Provide PPH’s unique Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy to active-duty and Veteran military personnel in Anchorage and the surrounding

Accomplishments

  • September 2016 – Started canine assisted therapeutic intervention programs
  • October 2016 – Opened dedicated facility in Fairbanks
  • March 2017 – Started canine assisted therapy program at the Mission
  • May 2017 – Started canine assisted therapy program at Fairbanks Correctional Center
  • December 2017 – First Northwest Region Service Dog Graduation
  • August 2018 – Started Canine Assisted Therapy in Anchorage.
  • December 2019 – Relocated operations to Anchorage

Dogs

To see pictures of the important work (and adventurous lives) of our service-dogs-in-training, check out our Facebook.
Paws for Purple Hearts Fairbanks Client training class Dec 2017
Paws for Purple Hearts Fairbanks Client training class Dec 2017

Our Partners

Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital – Weekly therapy sessions. Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital is an intensive, holistic treatment program dedicated to first responders, military service members and veterans needing treatment for addiction and/or PTSD, and service member dependents for addiction.

Alaska VA Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program – Weekly therapy sessions at the VA Dom. The Dom Offers a structured setting that includes residential care for sheltered and unsheltered Veterans with multiple challenges, illnesses or rehabilitative care needs.

Judy, Buck, Russ attend a memorial event at Eielson Airforce Base
Judy, Buck, Russ attend a memorial event at Eielson Airforce Base
Russell, Alameda, Judy and Buck pose for a picture
Russell, Alameda, Judy and Buck pose for a picture

Caring Spirits, Serving Warriors

We Need Your Support

Donations to Paws for Purple Hearts can change a warrior’s life from hopelessness to optimism.

Your generous, tax-deductible donation helps thousands of warriors facing the visible and invisible wounds of war.  Our Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy helps them heal as they help others – all with the goal of raising top tier service dogs for veterans and active duty service members with mobility and trauma challenges.

Eligibility

We place service dogs with service members and veterans facing challenges such as:

Mobility issues.  Our dogs can help with tasks such as: retrieving items, pushing buttons for elevators and doors, turning lights on/off, bracing to help move from/to wheel-chairs or to navigate stairs, plus many more.

Diagnosed trauma-related conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Our dogs help by performing a variety of tasks specifically designed to reduce symptom severity.

Through our thorough application process, our qualified staff determines if a PPH service dog will be a fit for your specific needs.

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.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

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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