Painted Paws for Veterans helps Veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD, connect to dogs from kill shelters for companionship and emotional support. We also offer therapy visits, a free pet pantry and a place for Veterans to work through PTSD issues and find a new purpose after they leave the uniform that allows them to strive for a future and be part of society again.
For Veterans, there are numerous benefits to having a canine companion for companionship and emotional support. Dogs provide non-judgmental attention and comfort, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, an emotional connection and a distraction from emotional distress, lessening feelings of stress and anxiety. They give a Veteran a way to work through PTSD issues and become part of society again
We need volunteers for one-day community events, on-going therapy visitations in Colorado Springs, art therapy classes, walking dogs and outdoor building projects on the Ranch.
80% of our Veteran adopters say that their dogs directly support their ability to go into public for basic needs, such as grocery shopping and medical appointments.
“I've adopted two dogs from Painted Paws. These dogs mean everything to me. My male helps me get up when I am weak and will catch me if I start to fall. My female is great at going out and picks up if I'm not well. They are my best friends.” — Mike Ulanski