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September is National Service Dog Month AND Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Service Dog Month AND Suicide Prevention Month

SBF trains psychiatric service dogs for combat-veterans who often express having suicidal ideations before coming into the program. Studies have found that when matched with a service dog, veterans living with PTSD do better with their emotional well-being and overall mental health in addition to experiencing reduced symptoms of PTSD.

A service dog might not be the solution for everyone, but if you are having suicidal thoughts and need help, please reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to everyone by calling or texting 988.

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Whether you choose to volunteer your time, get involved in the community or even commit time to strengthening your relationships, living an altruistic life provides many ways to impact others around you. 

Patriot Day - September 11th
Patriot Day - September 11th

We honor and remember the lives lost, the sorrow we felt and the strength of a nation coming together. We will never forget.

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Our Impact

  • Graduate Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2022


  • Training Hours Provided in 2021


  • Ric & Wilfred
    Ric & Wilfred

    "My experience with Soldier’s Best Friend has been life changing. Coping with civilian life has become more manageable. I often imagine how simple life is for my buddy Wilfred… it keeps it all in perspective. When things get to be too much, my buddy is there. From the restless nights to the difficult situations, I have something that has been an elusive possibility…. I have hope again. I consider myself fortunate to have had this opportunity. Having this service animal has given me both an outlet for coping and restored much of my confidence. Thanks Soldier’s Best Friend and the generous donors who made this all possible.”

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