The Veteran Service Dog Trust [VSDT] fulfills out foundation’s primary mission in order to provide the highest quality task trained dogs on behalf of our nation’s veterans. Our foundation provides psychiatric, mobility and medical service dogs to our veterans at no charge and without geographic restrictions. Service dogs that meet the needs of veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress remain our most requested type of dog. The VA does not provide funding for service dogs for PTS, TBI  or other non-mobility diagnoses at this time.

Generous donations from our supporting individuals, companies and sponsors provides for the following services that make our life-saving dogs possible:

  • Training (the average service dog trains for over a year)
  • Animal care including food, veterinarian services and grooming
  • Service dog and handler equipment
  • Handler education
  • Service dog and handler integration

Service dogs are trained directly by our master trainers at our campus locations at Coastline K9, Devine K9s and Ridgeside Carolinas.

The Service Dog Sustainability Fund provides the necessary annual refresher training or additional training of tasks for veterans through the lifespan of their handler/service dog partnership. Many of the veterans that we serve experience chronic conditions that require ongoing interventions by our training team to ensure that their dog continues to meet their needs. In addition, the Sustainability Fund provides any updated equipment that compliments the new training or tasks needed by the veteran/service dog team.

Generous donations from supporting individuals, companies and sponsors provides:

  • Training to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the service dog on behalf of the veteran
  • New or custom equipment that is current with the medical conditions of our veterans
  • Veterinarian care that may be required over the lifespan of the service dog.
The Impact Fund: In Partnership with the University of South Florida, School of Public Health

The Impact Fund is an innovative partnership with USF, the Office of the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis and several Florida State legislatures to gather data around the effectiveness of service dogs as an Alternative Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress and veterans. Participating veterans of the Rescue 22 Foundation provide information to the study that includes surveys, heart rate measurements and sleep trends in order to quantify the positive impact of service dogs in lieu of prescription medications or to lessen the number of prescription medications. The over-arching goal of this pilot program, is for state and other means of public funding to become available for service dogs for veterans with PTS or other mental health diagnoses.

Generous donations from supporting individuals, companies and sponsors provides:

  • Travel and participation costs for out of state veterans to the USF campus for study training and focus group/study meetings
  • Garmin kits to measure heart rate and sleep
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