How it Works
Service Dogs & PTSD
Canines For Heroes DBA The National PTSD Service Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing service dogs to qualified veterans with Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD). Founded in 2016, the National PTSD Service Association has outreach efforts to veterans in Charlotte County, Sarasota, Manatee & Hillsborough County. Qualified veterans, who suffer from PTSD and reside in southwest Florida, need access to trained service dogs. The trained service dogs will help them return to life with confidence and independence. Contradictory viewpoints on veterans’ post deployment assimilation suggest treating veterans with PTSD with FDA-approved drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (Alexander, 2012). However, the secondary research studies presented in this market and consumer analysis suggest otherwise, and provide research statistical data that a highly skilled, trained service dog, indeed, helps a veteran with PTSD. Veterans with PTSD need the support of a service dog in order to regain balance in their lives. The National PTSD Service Association is leading the way to help restore veterans’ lives.
What Drives Us

We have point-to-point training where top-notch, award-winning dog trainers, like Julie Madison, teach our handlers and dogs that the world is a safe place. Through that process, the dogs provide the same for their new partners: Public Safety Personnel and Veterans with PTSD.  Click and watch

Through Train-the-Handler Training, the service dog that has been paired with our recipient is given weekly opportunities to step out and be part of the larger collaboration of Profession Award Winning Trainers and Competition Handlers.

Quality and the success of the service dog handling team is our utmost priority. We have partnered with Top Tier K9 – Bradenton and (other SOF) to streamline the service dog process. To learn more about the Battle Buddy program you can go to:


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Charity Info

IRS Tax ID: 81-2787122
Charity Number: CH50110


2685 Temple Street
Sarasota, Fl 34239