Restoring Freedom, Dignity and Independence to Our Wounded Heroes and Gold Star Families

Dogs Helping Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our wounded heroes and the families of lost heroes within a 200 mile radius of Louisville, Kentucky. We provide specially trained and certified assistance dogs for injured military veterans and first responders to improve their lives, as well as 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 an assistance dog. 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 an Assistance Dog Help
You to Be At Ease?

At Dogs Helping Heroes, our specially trained and certified assistance dogs are matched with men and women who served our country in the U.S. Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Services 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 assistance dogs for disabled veterans, first responders and Gold Star Families is costly. Your generous donation helps us train the assistance dogs that give our wounded heroes and their families 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
Marine Corps
Air Force
Coast Guard
Fire Rescue
Survivor Outreach Services
Medal of Honor Foundation

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

  • Military Order of Purple Heart Patriot Award
  • American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Award
  • Therapy Dog Certification
  • Emotional Support Certification for Support Animals
  • Service Dog Certification

Rescuing The Rescuer

Dogs Helping Heroes transforms the lives of veterans and first responders. Listen to our heroes as they recount how their service dogs helped them regain their freedom after feeling imprisoned in their own homes for years. As one veteran says, "It was the difference between living and existing."