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Southeast PPH Region

Serving the Southeast Region since 2015

About Us

We have served the Southeast Region since 2015 from our facility in the small town of Ruther Glen, Virginia.  We really enjoy the community that surrounds us.  Our neighbors welcomed us and the dogs with open arms and continue to support us as we grow!

Our programs center on our unique service dog training canine assisted therapy (SDTCAT), which reduces the symptoms of PTSD and TBI through structured, positive interaction with our service dogs in training.   We have provided this life-changing therapy to Veterans from the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and to Veterans in a Washington, DC area Vet Center.  We also visit several private Veteran service organization facilities in the area where our service dogs in training provide social therapy to Warriors on the road to recovery. We are expanding our reach to serve more Veterans and Service Members all the time.

Southeast Service Region Service Area: Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

Southeast Region

  • Serves Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
  • Headquarters: Ruther Glen, Virginia.
  • 7404 Commerce Way, Unit D, Ruther Glen, Virginia 22546
  • (804) 589-0077

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  • Heather Martin : Program Instructor – is always interested in learning the latest and greatest about dog health!
  • Alissa Berg : Program Instructor – enjoys spending time with the dogs providing lots of love and cuddles!
  • Daniel : Program Instructor – is grateful for the opportunity to work along side our nations Veteran population and watch as the human/canine bond assists them on their healing journey. (Dan supports the Washington D.C. Metro. Area.)
  • Lindsey : Program Instructor 
  • Mami : Program Instructor 


  • 2015 – Started social therapy visits at Poplar Springs Military Hospital
  • 2016 – Began to have puppy parents and general volunteers
  • 2017 – Provided service dog training canine assisted therapy to Veterans at the Prince George’s County Vet Center near Washington, DC
  • 2017 – Commenced service dog training canine assisted therapy sessions with multiple groups from Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
  • 2018 – Started social therapy and service dog training canine assisted therapeutic intervention at Fort Belvoir
    Expanded our facility to include a puppy area and more adult kennel runs
    Commenced social therapy at the Hampton VA Medical Center


  • Autumn, Labrador/Golden Retriever cross — loves to work and get treats! Follow her at #pphAutumn
  • Ronnie, Golden Retriever – loves attention and petting! Follow her at #pphRonnie
  • Joan, Golden Retriever – loves learning new tricks and sports! Follow her at #pphJoan
  • Theo, Black Labrador Retriever – loves to swim! Follow him at #pphTheo
  • Scout, Yellow Labrador Retriever – loves to eat! Follow him at #pphScout
  • Elma, Black Labrador Retriever – loves to play! Follow her at #pphElma
  • Katie, Yellow Labrador Retriever – loves to sleep! Follow her at #pphKatie
  • Marcie, Golden Retriever – loves to playing with toys! Follow her at #pphMarcie

Our Partners

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center: In the past year, we have had the privilege to provide our Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy to patients in three different groups at this very large VA facility in Richmond, Virginia. The Veterans and therapists travel to our facility to participate in our classes weekly or bi-weekly. We also bring our service dogs in training to an inpatient mental health unit here where we conduct social therapy to help reduce stress and promote healing. We are grateful to have connected with the VA and to work with the wonderful individuals associated with the team there. The Veterans who receive the therapy from our program also provide a crucial part in the training of our dogs, and we are grateful to them for all they have done for us.

USO at Fort Belvoir: Our Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy sessions have spread to Northern Virginia. Veterans and Service Members are able to receive this program multiple times a week for group sessions or one on one appointments. We are also providing “Open Hours” twice a week for drop-ins to meet and greet some of our service dogs in training.

USO at the Richmond Airport: Several times a month, we visit the USO at the Richmond, Virginia International Airport with some of our service dogs in training. The dogs help welcome returning troops home and also provide comfort to families whose loved ones are deploying from the airport.  This partnership has helped our dogs develop socialization skills as they get acclimated to an airport environment, a must for all future service dogs!  We are glad to be part of this great program.

Hampton VA Medical Center: We have forged a new relationship in the Tidewater region to include bi-weekly visits to the Community Living Center. We are delivering social therapy to Veterans living in the center and in hospice to reduce stress and provide comfort to those in end of life care. We are grateful to our new partnership and can’t wait to see how many others we can help in the area.

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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