"Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.1 million are dogs..."
The Stray to Service’s minimum goal is to establish standards for Emotional Support Animals. Any ESA adopted through the Stray to Service program will have received a Canine Good Citizen certificate from the AKC. This means they know all basic commands such as sit, stay, heel, and down. From there, we place the animal with a Veteran and continue their training based on the needs of the Veteran.
Many Veterans suffer from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or have physical limitations as a result of their service. The dog’s education will continue per the Veteran’s requirement, be it for mobility or to help the Veteran regain independence through enabling him or her to navigate everyday life situations.
According to the National Service Animal Registry, the average cost of a service dog is around $15,000-$30,000 upfront. Some can even cost upwards of $50,000 depending on their specific tasks and responsibilities. Stray to Service creates an opportunity for those in need of a service animal by providing accessible services and training.
CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
STRAY TO SERVICE TRAINERS