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PPH Northwest Region

Serving the state of Washington since 2022

About Us

The newest of the sites, Paws for Purple Hearts Washington has been established since late Fall 2022. We are proud to be located in close proximity to one of the largest military bases in the United States, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Being able to serve such a large active duty and retired military community is why we decided to root ourselves in the beautiful community of Lakewood, WA. In the state of Washington alone, there are over 500,000 veterans to be served. We hope to make an impact on this community and continue to spread our services to those who will benefit the most.

In addition to our state of Washington, we are proud to serve the surrounding states including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming. If you happen to live within any of these states, then our site, alongside our Anchorage, AK facility, are your service areas. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, a puppy parent, or finding more ways to be involved with our Paws for Purple Hearts facility then get in contact with us today!

Northwest Service Region Service Area: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Lakewood, WA Area

  • Service Area: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
  • 9119 Gravelly Lake Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98499
  • (360) 712-0453

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Our Team


  • Sonja Jordan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
    Sonja is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for our Washington State Location. There she manages outreach and fundraising, as well as many other aspects that keep the site running. Sonja has worked for multiple non-profits, but enjoys Paws for Purple Hearts in particular for helping veterans, as most of her family is military affiliated. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums and spending time with her husband and cats.
  • Cassidy Cooley, Senior Program Instructor
    Cassidy Cooley is the Senior Program Instructor for Paws for Purple Heart’s Washington location and a Marine Corps veteran. Cassidy has been at Paws for Purple Hearts since 2022. In 2021 Cassidy graduated from Bergin University with her Masters in Human – Canine Life Sciences. She enjoys the opportunity to engage with Washington’s vibrant veteran community and the ability to expose the dogs in training to Washington’s fun and unique culture. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys watching medical dramas with her personal dogs and practicing scent work as they enjoy their senior years.


To see pictures of the important work (and adventurous lives) of our service-dogs-in-training, check out our Facebook.


  • 2022 Opened new facility in the fall
Lakewood, WA

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.

#pphReagan and #pphAndi getting ready to go Bark to School
#pphReagan and #pphAndi getting ready to go Bark to School
#pphReagan and #pphTank with our volunteers at a VFW event
#pphReagan and #pphTank with our volunteers at a VFW event

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.


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 (PTSD or 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.


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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