Help-A-Vet | Save-A-Pet

Our Mission

Everyday 18 U.S Veterans commit suicide. Every 8 seconds one animal is put to death in a U.S shelter.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs of 750,000 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, approximately 100,000 sought mental health care. Half of those were diagnosed with PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Service and comfort dogs have been proven to be 84.1% effective at treating PTSD.

Paws of War Mission :

To train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD. In turn each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. 

Through Paws of War:

  • All dogs are evaluated prior to training to qualify for the program

  • Each dog is carefully matched up with the veteran in need
  • Transportation and delivery of dog provided by Guardians of Rescue
throughout the continental U.S.
  • Guardians of Rescue provides life-long support to our veterans and their dogs through personalized one-on-one training sessions with qualified trainers in their area.
  • Guardians of Rescue stands behind our dogs 100%. Guardians of Rescue will always take our dogs back if for any reason the veteran is not satisfied.
  • Dog vests are not required, but are provided for all dogs. Identifying dog tags will be on the dogs harness or collar.

  • Provide training at no cost to our veterans
  • Ensure that any canine candidate who after final evaluation, it is determined that the dog is not suitable for a service dog role, he/she will remain at Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue a no kill shelter on Long Island, until a suitable forever home is found.
  • Actively promote the benefits of dogs and the role they play in making a Veteran’s life better.

 In our Mission of Paws of Wars, we believe:

  • That our dogs & veterans are equal partners in the relationship and that the dog’s needs for care, companionship, safety, mental stimulation, and physical exercise are as important as the veterans’ needs.
  • That a service or comfort dog is a significant catalyst in helping to restore independence, confidence and peace of mind to the veteran
  • That the training and education of dogs and people are best achieved through rewards based positive reinforcement in an environment of mutual trust and respect.
  • That every dog is one of a kind. While some dogs are more suitable as service dogs, others are considered comfort dogs. All our dogs are valued for the love and service they individually offer.
  • Our strength and the key to our success is in the generosity of our supporters and volunteers who inspire us everyday. Our gratitude to our military veterans is the conduit to the mission of Paws of War.

If you or a loved one are a veteran suffering from PTSD or any emotional effects of war, please email us or fill out our Paws of War application

Paws of Wars pairs rescue dogs with veterans who suffer from PTSD


If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with TBI and/or PTSD and would like to find out if a service dog would benefit you, please feel free to call us at 888-287-3864. We are here to help.

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Dori Scofield
Rob Misseri