VETERANS WITH DOGS is the first UK registered Charity to directly address the needs of mental health difficulties for current and former service personnel of the British Armed Forces.
We train and provide very specialised assistance dogs for "invisible injuries".
VETERANS WITH DOGS was founded with the specific intention of training fully accredited - and recognised - assistance dogs to help mitigate the symptoms of mental health difficulties for our veterans and active-duty service members.
We recognised the need to establish a cohesive programme of training as there was no other organisation in the UK providing dogs specifically for mental health disabilities resulting from military service.. The task was a huge undertaking but seeing how veterans and their families suffer is a heart-breaking experience and only strengthens our resolve to do 'something' to help.
More veterans are dying from suicides as a result of the impact of the psychological and emotional trauma than have been killed in conflict. The divorce rate, number who are now in prison or homeless, and the
impact these issues are having on their children of our veterans are shocking. Many have severed relationships, are
afraid to leave their homes, get little sleep due to recurring
nightmares, and are emotionally numb.
Our PALS Programme to train and provide assistance dogs for mental health is just one adjunct to treatment that is having a profound effect on helping Veterans to increase their quality of life and regain independence.