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Give Us Paws
10402 Raritan Dr.
Houston, TX 77043
Give Us Paws Benefactor Sponsorships $5,000.00-$24,999Platinum Paws: $15,000-$24,999 Sponsor three or more teams
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Friends of Give Us Paws $50-$4,999Paws Grand Patron: $2,500-$4,999 Grand Patron team co-sponsor
Paws Patron: $1,000-$2,499 Patron team co-sponsor
Paws Team Supporter: $500-$999 Team co-sponsor
Paws Principal: $250-$499
Paws Member: $100-$249
Paws Partner: $50-$99
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SERVICE DOG FUNDING
The Assistance Dog United Campaign (ADUC): http://www.assistancedogunitedcampaign.org/
Gift Of Sunshine - Gandalf Fund FAQ and Application: http://www.thegiftofsunshine.org/gandalf.html
The Humane Society of the United States – Resources
United States Department of Veterans Affairs - for Veterans who have service dogs, Title 38 Section 1714 enables veterans to ask their caseworkers to file VA Form 10-2641 in order to receive financial assistance for veterinary care of service animals.
Link to Dept. of Veterans Affairs FAQ page on service dogs:
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Neil and AuggyI'm Neil and I joined the United States Marine Corps while I was in High School. I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Corporal in 2003. When I left the Marines I was given 10% disability. I spent the next 10 years trying to make myself believe I was ok. Too prideful to seek help. I didn't feel right getting reevaluated again until I moved to Houston and my retired military uncles encouraged me to at least check in with the VA to get reestablished. After months of appointments they now qualified me for 100% disability.
During that time, I had adopted my Belgian Malinois mix, Auggy, when he was about 6 months old from a shelter. He was to be my companion but I also had the idea to train him for service dog work. I was a bit unsure how he would be at the qualification testing and that caused even more anxiety and stress on me. After researching local trainers and programs I chose Give Us Paws because their scientific approach was actually familiar to me as something I had read and seen documentaries on. Our first visit was with Paul. He pointed out the things I was worried would disqualify Auggy but said they were all very easily fixed with training and passed us to the next phase. We were put on the waiting list. After a few months we got the call that it was our turn to start training!
The first training day was full of encouragement and patience from Nancy as was each training day after and all the texts in between. It's so nice to have someone fully invested in making this happen, taking time out of her day to check in on us and answer any questions as they come up. We look forward to continuing our training with Nancy and all the amazing things that Auggy will be able to do. He just loves the training and is eager to learn more and more.
CJ and FreedaMy name is CJ. I served 8 years in the United States Navy. I've been on multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq during my time in the service. I suffer from PTSD with anxiety along with other disabilities. Since my civilian life started in 2014, I struggle with simple daily tasks and I have little patience. I'm not comfortable in public settings, a simple run to the grocery store is not obtainable right now. I use to always be out living life, now I'm confined in the security that is my home, this is where comfort lies. I have so much I would like to accomplish in my life, would love to go back to school also my ultimate goal is to be a farmer. I feel that having a service dog will help me handle daily tasks and to get out the house more. I worked with Give Us Paws for quite a while to find a great dog and I am happy that I met Freeda!
Cory and LexiMy name is Cory and I served in the Army for 10 years where I achieved the rank of E-6. I was twice deployed to Afghanistan and I earned many commendations while serving, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. It became quite clear to me that having a Service Dog would be an extraordinary asset to my family after I finally realized that limited mobility and combat injuries were permanent disabilities that would likely degrade over time. That realization was difficult when you spent a decade of your life jumping out of high performance aircraft and utilizing high explosives to deny the enemy freedom of maneuver on an ever-changing battlefield. Pride has a tendency to get in the way and last year I finally took the advice of my doctor and began looking for organizations in the Houston area that could help me train a service dog.
My wife and I found "Give Us Paws" and decided to apply for their free Veteran Service Dog training program. Other options just were not affordable and while there are great charities out there that do amazing work, the waiting list is months or in some cases… years long. With Give Us Paws, the waiting was minimal and I was very encouraged by their methods and expertise. We had just adopted a Dutch Shepherd rescue from a local charity and I wanted to know if she had the potential to be a service dog candidate. After submitting the required paperwork through Give Us Paws, we were scheduled for a baseline assessment with Paul Buescher. As a rescue dog with a troubled past and a new shot at life; Lexi did very well with her initial evaluation and our application was moved forward for funding and trainer assignment.