PPH Southwest Region

Headquarters in San Diego, CA

About Us

San Diego is known for its strong military presence, making it a perfect location for Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH). It is home to Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corp Air Station Miramar, Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, several additional military facilities, and famous museums celebrating military history like the USS Midway.

We’ve been in operation since 2016, and celebrated the Grand Opening of our brand new facility in April of 2018. Our location started in the home of two of our trainers with just two dogs, and has transformed into a large facility in Sorrento Valley. We are proud to provide Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy programs to Veterans and active duty Service Members at San Diego and Los Angeles area VA facilities and at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. We also take our dogs to provide social therapy to Veterans at different local organization sites, where each puppy brightens a military hero’s day.

Beyond San Diego, our location serves our nation’s Warriors across Southern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico who are in need of assistance dogs.

Southwest Region

  • Serves California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • Headquartes: San Diego, California.
  • 5550 Oberlin Drive, Ste B, San Diego, California 92121-1738
  • (858) 779-2404
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico 5550 Oberlin Drive Suite B San Diego CA 92121-1738

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Our Team

Staff

  • Selah – Senior Program Instructor, manages our kennel and Service Dog Training program, Staff since Summer 2016 after graduating from Bergin College of Canine Studies.
  • Lindsay – Program Instructor, manages the Puppy Parent program and trains service dogs, Staff since Summer 2019 after graduating from Bergin College of Canine Studies
  • Christine – Program Instructor, manages our Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy and Military programs and trains service dogs, Staff since Summer 2019 after graduating from Bergin College of Canine Studies
  • Caitlin – Advancement Associate, helps with marketing, fundraising, and communication efforts to support PPH programs, Staff since Summer 2019 after graduating from San Diego State University

Accomplishments

  • January 11, 2017: began social therapy program at Vi at La Jolla Village
  • April 12, 2017: began SDTCAT program at Long Beach VA
  • June 19, 2017: began SDTCAT program at San Diego VA
  • November 9, 2017: began social therapy program at Veterans Village of San Diego
  • February 13, 2018: Commenced SDTCAT at Wounded Warrior Battalion – West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.

Connect with us

For updates on events and to see pictures of our service-dogs-in-training, check out our Facebook and Instagram.

Our Partners

VA Long Beach Healthcare System

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions with a group of Veteran participants there in partnership with VA staff.

VA San Diego Healthcare System

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions with a group of Veteran participants there in partnership with VA staff.

Veterans Village of San Diego

  • We conduct social therapy sessions with homeless Veterans to help with their well-being on the road to recovery.

USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion – West

  • We provide Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapy (SDTCAT) sessions to Marines there in partnership with Wounded Warrior Battalion – West staff.

Vi at La Jolla Village

  • We conduct social therapy sessions with retired Veterans there; the visits help socialize our dogs as well, and we work with all retirees there to that end.

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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