We are devoted to helping our veterans and the pet overpopulation problem.
Once a veteran or active military member 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.
We have training locations in:
- Sierra Vista
*We currently do not train out of Arizona. Out of state veterans will have to travel or relocate to Arizona for 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 / Emotional Support Animal.
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.