While the Veteran’s Administration in Nevada offers a robust array of services for Nevada residents, I was eager to learn more about the specific programs for veterans interested in connecting with a service animal who reside in Nevada.
Many veterans can struggle with a multitude of physical and mental illnesses once discharged from the military and may benefit from the support of a service animal for additional assistance in order to help maintain their independence in the community.
In Southern Nevada-
The first organization I was able to locate with a Las Vegas Chapter was Pets for Vets– An organization that pairs rescue animals with veterans and works diligently to ensure that each applicant is matched with the most appropriate service dog to meet their needs.
In Northern Nevada:
The Nevada Humane Society currently offers a program called G.I. Dogs. The program is described as follows:
Through the G.I. DOGS program, military veterans and their families may adopt a cat or dog, or be matched with a service dog with all fees waived. All pets are spayed and neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before adoption. When appropriate, dogs will receive professional training and ongoing support through Nevada Humane Society’s G.I. Dogs program and a network of community businesses and skilled volunteers.
A more detailed brochure about the G.I. Dogs Program can be accessed by clicking this link.
Additionally, for veterans residing in Northern Nevada interested in additional support for PTSD- there is specific PTSD programming available directly through the Veteran’s Administration.
If a local Nevadan is unable to connect with a service animal through the resources above there are also an array of Service Dog specific resources for Veterans on a national level featured on Dogs for Vets.
Overall throughout this particular search for this specific set of resources I was impressed by the sheer number of national organizations banding together to ensure that the needs of our Veterans and military struggling with medical and psychiatric conditions are being met through this treatment approach.
I am believe that all those who have served in the military deserve our utmost respect for sacrificing their lives and safety to ensure the safety of the citizens of the United States. I believe that animal assisted therapy services and service dogs should be easily accessible for any veteran in need of additional support and am pleased by the services currently available in Nevada at this time.