Say hello to one of our Operational Partners, Semper Fido – K9 Basics!
Semper Fido’s mission is to unite wounded Veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury with rescued dogs trained as service dogs, to nurture a healing & rejuvenating bond between the two. We are proud to work with them and applaud the work that they have done and continue to do for our heroes each day! The latest program implemented is PAIRING WARRIORS FOR LIFE. A rescue dog from a shelter, if deemed appropriate in temperament, demeanor and size, will be evaluated, enter BOOT CAMP, and be trained specific commands for specific needs of a wounded warrior with PTSD. Once trained, these Semper Fido PTSD Service Dogs have the ability to decrease isolation of the veteran, decrease the need for many medications, decrease anxiety and panic attacks when in crowded public places, awaken them from nightmares and flashbacks, and simply “have their backs”. This extensive and costly training is at no charge to the warrior and his dog, with training lasting 6-9 months at the least. Once training is completed and the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship classification is awarded to the team, and after intensive training to meet the specific needs of the specific warrior, the dog will be eligible for service dog designation, according to the American Disabilities Act. The team will carry the necessary health certificates and documentation and the companion will be able to accompany the warrior to stores, restaurants and living accommodations, permitting full access to any and all places the warrior wishes to visit. Currently, Veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the DC VA Hospital are adopting pets from the Washington Animal Rescue League. It IS working! For hundreds of wounded veterans, the long walk to recovery is often a lonely one. A long walk is something most dogs love.