“Our Heroes”
Macey Kerfin - 12yrs old

I smile because freedom I cry from freedoms wounds Life is a path that will lead them They are the reason we are free Even though they had no choice but to agree They could not flee They even traveled oversea They had to stay around To Hold their ground Just so we could live our lives free Our lives would not be the same Without the boom and the bang Of wars pain This was not a game There was no ring of the bell To say that this game was over Veterans have invisible scars That war just took too far Red White and blue helped our veterans Pull through We will always honor and respect The way they fought They were able to get out of wars Tangled freedom knot

About PAWWS®

Paws Assisting Wounded WarriorS® is based in Bridgeview, IL.

Our staff consists of professional dog trainers dedicated to the training of all our service dogs. Our canine candidates come from a variety of sources, including rescue dogs.

The first step on the program is to train with us for up to 120 hours before placement.

All our canine candidates must pass a series of temperament tests in order to be eligible to enter into the program.

In addition, all dogs must be at a pre-determined level of obedience before being handed over to the veteran. The team will take the CGC and CCGC test before placement. The 'pairing process’ between the veteran and dog is critical because the ‘bond’ that develops between them is an essential element of the program. They will live together from that point forward. All placement and training fees are at no cost to the veteran.

Our service dogs are trained for a series of standard commands, however, depending
on the individual needs of the veteran, the dog will undergo additional training
for these specific tasks. The canine will then become an official ‘Certified Service

A Certified 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).

Our program consists of several training stages, most of which are catered to the individual requirements of each veteran/canine team. These stages include individual and group sessions focusing on canine behavior, canine care and hygiene, training techniques, dog-whispering techniques, obedience, public access and socialization, specialized service tasks and more. Each team shall satisfy a minimum of up to 120 hours of specific service-training and public access.

The skills learned in our program can also aid in new career paths for some of our
veterans. These include, but are not limited to; canine behaviorist, trainers, veterinary technicians, professional dog handlers, groomers and more. 

All funding is derived from charitable donations. Please help our cause and donate today. Please check out our supporters page to donate!

We are enriching the lives of disabled veterans with the use of service dogs and to educate the public on the benefits of our service dogs. Donations are greatly appreciated. Paw Assisting Wounded WarriorS®
 is a not-for-profit organization under the IRS tax code section 501(c)(3).