Paws Healing Heroes
The Paws Healing Heroes program was established by Glassboro, New Jersey native and Army Veteran, Mark Eberle. Mark’s mission is to raise money, through community events, in order to provide service dogs to Veterans in need. These service dogs are primarily found in rescue shelters.
“My hope is to rescue dogs that need forever homes and have them determined eligible to enter a training program. The training program enables them to be certified to work with Veterans depending on the needs they have. Knowing that I am able to help and give back to fellow Veterans helps me as much as the dog and the Veteran in need.” – Mark Eberle
The results of the Paws Healing Heroes program have proven to be successful. We’ve seen immediate changes in the Veterans to whom we have given back. Their demeanor and ability to focus on allowing the dog to do his/her job has made them feel more comfortable with their day-to-day lifestyle. The average cost to rescue, train and present a service dog to a Veteran is $3,000 – $5,000. We need your help!
The Patriot Fund was able to provide service dogs through Paws Healing Heroes to the following Veterans:
Ron is an E5 Sergeant in the Army, and with his service dog Shiloh being by his side every day, this allows Ron to go about his life with ease and a newly appreciated confidence.
Todd is CW3 Chief Warrant Officer, 22-1/2 years Active Duty and 12-1/2 with DoD Army. Nikki was there to guide him back to health when he returned from his service overseas and is thankful to have a companion by his side everywhere he goes.
Anton is an E4 Army Specialist and served our country for 6 years. While serving, he was awarded 2 Purple Heart decorations for his courageous actions overseas as well. Anton’s dog, Rambo helps him out with everyday activities and is always there when he needs a boost in his mood.