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Each year, the Society of Wedding Professionals selects a worthy charity in Dallas / Forth Worth to support. We are proud to support Patriot PAWS for 2017.  


PROVIDING SERVICE DOGS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY AT NO COST TO DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AND OTHERS WITH MOBILE DISABILITIES AND PTSD IN ORDER TO HELP RESTORE THEIR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INDEPENDENCE

About

The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Since its founding in 2006, this incredible organization has grown, flourished, and expanded to include a host of volunteers, dedicated staff and local partners. 

Prison Training Program

In 2008, Patriot PAWS expanded its service dog training program to include a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The partnership is intended to provide help not only for disabled veterans, but opportunities for inmates to have a job while serving their sentence, learning a career trade and giving back to the community.

The goal of the program is to train prison inmates to train service dogs for disabled veterans. It takes 1½ to 2 years to train one service dog at a cost of about $33,000 per dog. The inmates learn how to teach all of the required basic service dog behaviors, and are tested quarterly using an evaluation form to determine their capability to train the dogs in the 55 behaviors required for certification. Inmates that are more advanced in their training become mentors for new inmates entering the program.

This program has provided Patriot PAWS the ability to not only assist disabled American veterans but also to benefit inmates in overcoming challenges associated with life in prison while building a team focused on the mission to give back to the community. This is a “win-win” for everyone. 

Patriot PAWS (Texas Country Reporter)

How You Can Help

SWP collects donations at every monthly event. You can also make a monetary donation online by clicking on the "Make A Donation" button on the right side of this page. 

If you're interested in volunteering or puppy raising, please visit the Patriot PAWS website at http://www.patriotpaws.org/ for more information and to fill out an application.

For specific questions, please contact Terri Stringer:
Phone (972) 772-3282
Email terri@patriotpaws.org

What to Donate

Below is a list of items from Patriot PAWS' Wishlist:

  • Latex gloves, medium
  • 4 ft leashes
  • Chuck it Dog balls
  • Kong Wubba toys
  • Kong Frisbees
  • Soft Treats
  • Puppy Safe Large Stuffed Animals
  • Jolly Balls
  • Jolly Eggs
  • Dry Erase Markers, medium  and fine point
  • Carabiners
  • Poo Bags
  • Collapsible Water Bowls
  • Quart Size Bags Ziploc

Message from the Founder & Executive Director


"A young lady once told me that I’m her hero. I was taken aback by her words, and upon reflection, concluded that I’m no hero, that heroes are those who have served our country and sacrificed so much for all of us. What I am is a truly blessed person who, with the help of my staff, volunteers and inmate trainers, is able to give back to these true heroes to make their lives just a little bit better. We owe them far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time."

The Society of Wedding Professionals
855-4-SWP DFW 
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