Restoring Freedom, Dignity and Independence to Our Wounded Heroes and First Responders

Dogs Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our wounded heroes and the families of lost heroes in the Kentuckiana area. We provide trained service dogs for injured military veterans and first responders to improve their lives, as well as to Gold Star Families to help them cope with their loss.

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Rescue a Dog.
Rehabilitate an Inmate.
Help a Hero.
Save a Family.

Our full circle of support starts when we choose a rescue dog that has the appropriate traits to become a service or emotional support animal. At first, the dog lives with prison inmates who are responsible for the early stages of the training process, which also helps with the inmates’ rehabilitation. Professional dog trainers complete the training and match each dog with the appropriate wounded veteran, first responder or family of a lost hero. Our dogs are trained to help mitigate disabilities by assisting with everyday tasks, mobility, stability, seizure alerts, emotional support or other needed services.

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Would a Service Dog Help
You to Be At Ease?

At Dogs Helping Heroes, our trained dogs are matched with men and women who were disabled in the line of duty while serving our country in the U.S. Military, Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services, and who now suffer from mobility impairment, traumatic brain injury or a clinical diagnosis of a psychiatric impairment, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you are eligible, please fill out an application — we’ll do our best to meet the needs of qualified applicants.

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Help a Deserving Hero
Live a Better Life

They risked their lives for us; now it’s our turn to give back. Training service dogs for disabled veterans and first responders is costly. Your generous donation helps us train the service dogs that give our wounded heroes the practical help to live an independent life — plus the comfort and love that only a furry friend can offer. Please thank our deserving heroes by helping us restore their freedom and dignity.

Make a Difference

From Disability to Ability

Cash has helped me manage my PTSD and made it possible for me to help other veterans suffering from PTSD. Not every veteran needs a service dog but if you do, you will have a companion for life. Cash shows unconditional love even when I’m on emotional overload or depressed. He is also my physical support, assisting me to get up. Lastly, and very important, Cash helps me to funnel out of the many panic attacks and night terrors that I can't control. Even a cold nose on the arm to release me from those never-ending nightmares is a blessing. Cash asks for nothing in return, just a pat on the head and a "Good boy, Cash.” And treats always help!

John Wells,
Vietnam Veteran

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of Cash and John’s Story

Certified to Make a Difference

  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Award
  • Therapy Dog Certification
  • Emotional Support Certification
  • Service Dog Certification