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What We Do

We are devoted to helping our veterans and the pet overpopulation problem.

Once a veteran is accepted into our training program, they will be paired with a dog adopted by our nonprofit from a local shelter or with a dog already owned by the veteran. They will live and train together from that point forward.

Training is comprised of private and group sessions (2) two days a week for a minimum of (6) six months to (9) months.

We have training locations in:

  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Prescott
  • Sierra Vista
  • Flagstaff

*We currently do not train out of Arizona. Out of state veterans will have to relocate to Arizona for the duration of training.*

Training includes basic obedience, public outings and tasks specific to each veteran's PTSD or TBI symptoms. Once the dog is fully trained in all of these skills, it will be qualified as a Service Dog or classified a Therapeutic Companion Dog.

We are now accepting applications to consider your placement with a Service Dog or Therapeutic Companion Dog.

All placement and training fees are at no cost to an eligible veteran. The veteran will be responsible for transportation and housing costs (if needed).

All funding for Soldier’s Best Friend is from charitable donations. Please help our cause and donate today.

Types of Dogs Offered

Depending on the individual need of the applicant, we will train the veteran/dog team for one of two types of dogs; a Service Dog or a Therapeutic Companion Dog / Emotional Support Animal.

A Service Dog is allowed by law to enter public places such as the veteran’s work place, restaurants, buses, stores, etc. These are rights set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A Therapeutic Companion Dog / Emotional Support Animal will not be allowed to enter most public venues. This dog is fully obedience trained. These dogs by law are allowed to board airplanes and live in non pet friendly environments.

Please note that we do not accept dog donations.

Our Impact

  • Graduated Veteran/Dog Teams


  • Rescued Arizona Homeless Dogs


  • Our Goal for Veterans Served in 2024


  • Training Hours Provided in 2023


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