Companions for Heroes is a “Companions for Heroes Animal Assisted Activity” (C4H) program which provides companion animals, skilled companion dogs, and service dogs obtained from shelters and/or rescues, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. C4H increases public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals.
C4H is a non-clinical and non-facility based organization that places special emphasis on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for shelter and rescue animals, some who might otherwise be euthanized, and our nation’s service men and women by accessing the expertise of medical care professionals and animal welfare organizations. C4H is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those suffering from psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a pet.
C4H connects these last-chance pets with active duty military, military veterans, first-responders, and their families that are forever transformed by the unconditional love and friendship that only a companion pet can provide. Skilled Companion Dogs are trained in basic, to perform specific tasks, e.g., seizure alert, anxiety attack, help heroes leave their home, provide balance and stability to prevent falls, assist heroes in answering the door.