Paw and Stripes – Hero’s Graduation Ceremony

Paws and Stripes will be celebrating the 2017 graduating class of Veterans on August 26, 2017.

The Paws and Stripes’ fifth annual Celebration of Heroes graduation ceremony is open to the public and would like to invite you to attend and celebrate alongside our nation’s heroes and their service dogs. Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting us via telephone at 505-999-1201 Ext 301.

Thank you for being a friend to Paws and Stripes. Please know that you play an integral role in helping us provide a caring community to support our veterans, their families and shelter dogs in need of a “forever” home.

About Paws and Stripes

Paws and Stripes began in 2010 when Lindsey Stanek’s ex-husband, Jim, faced PTSD and TBI. After seeing the impact therapy dogs had on him while he was in treatment, she began to pursue getting a service dog for him. She soon learned about the difficult and expensive process involved, so she started her own organization to help veterans for free.

The problem is, insurance companies don’t cover the cost of service dogs for veterans with these medical issues, and privately, it costs from $10,000 to $60,000 for the dog and its training.This is where Paws and Stripes comes in. We provide service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Most importantly, we do it for free, at no cost to the veteran to enroll.

Complete training for a Paws and Stripes veteran/dog team is funded solely through donations. The veterans are never obligated to pay a penny for successfully completing the program.

We only adopt dogs from local shelters rather than getting ones specifically bred for the job, and highly trained service dog trainers work with the veteran and dog teams. We believe in saving lives, together, two at a time.

The number of military veterans returning from combat with PTSD and TBI is staggering, but service dogs can help them live better lives.