Soldier On Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We provide trained service dogs to Northwest Arkansas Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries, free of charge.
Because Arkansas has one of the highest per-capita veteran populations there are an estimated 2,500 Arkansans in need of service dogs. In fact, nearly 10% of Arkansans have served or currently serve in the military.
Look around you, they are our neighbors, our friends ..... our family.
To date, there has been a very limited offering of highly trained service dogs. There is no regulation when it comes to service dog trainers and no regulated certification for service dog teams, resulting in many inadequately trained dogs carrying the honored title of Service Dogs.
Our service dogs are trained by our specialists familiar with the needs of veterans, and we also train the veterans how to handle their service dogs in a variety of situations.
The Current Situation
There is currently a great need for properly trained service dogs for veterans in Northwest Arkansas and across the country.
The Veterans Administration only recognizes service dogs for veterans with sight, hearing or mobility issues. A study is being conducted by the Veterans Administration to validate veterans with PTSD can benefit from service dogs. We have directly witnessed the benefits a service dog can give to a veteran with these disabilities. In fact, there may be a direct link to the benefits of service dogs and the prevention of suicide in the veteran population.
Soldier On Service Dogs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides Northwest Arkansas Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI with service dogs free of charge. Our service dogs are carefully chosen, matched to a veteran and custom trained to handle that veterans specific needs.
"The service dog has given me a purpose and a reason to do something. It gives me encouragement.
Before I stumbled into Soldier ON Service Dogs, I thought that service dogs were only good for seeing eye dogs, or attack or search dogs, and they're not. They are your best buddy, but you've got to learn to treat your best buddy as a best buddy and treat him right and he will treat you right."
Do you like helping dogs and veterans? Help fund our training program with a tax deductible gift, honorary gift or memorial gift. We also have a 'Wish List' of items needed for our dogs, trainers and veterans.
News & Events
Soldier ON Service Dog's Veteran's Center has been renovated, with the help of many volunteers and donors, and will soon be ready to use for such activities as yoga, meditation and anything else geared towards the veterans' needs.
Dedication of SOSD's New Veterans' Center: 10:30am-12pm | Soldier ON Service Dog's Office, Fayetteville
Monthly Volunteer Meeting: 10:30am - 12pm | Location: Soldier ON Service Dog Office.; Fayetteville, AR 72704
Wish List Items
We are in need of volunteers that can perform light administrative duties and fire extinguishers for our office!
Did You Know?
Only the best of the best dogs become service dogs. Sometimes, during the training process, it is determined a dog is not the right fit for a service dog. These dogs are then made available to the public for adoption. They come from high quality breeders and, at a minimum, have been taught basic obedience commands, and make exceptional pets. Click here to find out more!
The Fur Ball: A gala event with live music, catered food, a silent auction and a special guest speaker.
Apply to be a Volunteer Puppy Raiser
Volunteer Puppy Raisers are the cornerstone of the Soldier On Service Dog program. They commit to raising a puppy for approximately 12-14 months, teaching it good house manners, basic obedience and socialization skills. Click here for more information and to apply.
Apply For A Service Dog
Are you a veteran diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI and in need of a service dog? Click here for more information and to apply.
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