Apply for a Veterans Important PAALS Dog
A Veterans Important PAALS dog can be your companion through thick and thin providing unconditional love and devotion.
The Veterans Important PAALS (VIP) program converts rescue dogs and dogs that did not graduate from PAALS’ service dog training program into companions for veterans. If a soldier returning from war is unable to care for a service dog, or is not in need of an assistance dog to be with them constantly, you can qualify to receive one of the VIP dogs.
PAALS was placing service dogs with soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid with the mental, physical or combination of disabilities. While meeting local soldiers through our PAALS Patriot program and interviewing potential service dog applicants, PAALS realized the need for a different type of dog to serve therapeutically. This realization was the start of the VIP program.
PAALS believes in giving rescues a second chance while assessing their ability to become service dogs and does not want to put these rescue dogs back into shelters if they do not meet the strict physical and behavioral requirements of a service dog. Thus the VIP program is a win-win: Local veterans can obtain an obedience trained dog that has been trained by Prison PAALS inmates and assessed by PAALS trainers and a rescue dog is removed from a shelter.
Service dog candidates which are unable to complete the rigorous training to become a full-fledged service dog are placed on the Career Change path and are also used in the VIP program.
VIP dogs do NOT have public access rights
The VIP program is free to veterans as it falls under the Rob’s Best Friend Fund.
If you are interested in applying for a VIP dog, please complete the online application. Once your application is received, we will contact you about the VIP program.