Paws & Stripes – Shelter Dogs Helping Veterans with PTSD

spotlight interview

Late last year I seen a commercial for a docu-series that was starting up called Dogs of War on A&E. This gave an inside look at the first steps Veterans take when being paired with a service dog, including; the selection process, training, struggles and achievements.

What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, or threats of imminent death. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyperarousal, continue for more than a month after the occurrence of a traumatic event. (Paragraph Credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to do this interview with Paws & Stripes because someone I love also has PTSD, I admire what they do for people and also how they give those shelter dogs another chance at life by making a difference in someones life as a service dog.

*What’s your Company Name?
Paws & Stripes

*Who is filling out this interview?
Employee at Paws and Stripes

*How long have you been with the Paws & Stripes for?:
A year and two months.

*How long has Paws & Stripes been around for?
Paws and Stripes started back in 2010, 4 years ago. It will be 5 years now in June.


*What does Paws & Stripes specialize in?
Paws and Stripes specializes is training service dogs for Veteran’s that have PTSD or TBI.

*Why was it started?
Paws and Stripes all started because Jim Stanek was sent home from his third tour in Iraq for injuries he received while deployed. After being treated at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, Jim had discovered that he felt comfort and relief with the presence of a therapy dog. Since both Jim and Lindsey got rejected at multiple organizations they decided to start their own organizations for veterans.

*What types of services do you offer?
Paws and Stripes offers and integrative eight to 12 month curriculum that empowers veterans to live the full and happy life they deserve. It is an educational program, both challenging and rewarding as each veteran learns about their individual struggles regarding PTSD and/or TBI, how to cope with their personal symptoms and triggers, and to train his/her rescue dog.


*Any special events coming up this year for you?
We have a training workshop in the spring and the 3rd annual Celebration of Hero’s in the month of August of 2015.

*Tell me about Paws & Stripes A&E Special called “Dogs of War”?
The T.V. show Dogs of War is a docu-series that follows veterans that have joined this organization during the first stages of their training as veteran and service dog team.


*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2015?
Our plan this year for 2015 is to have at least 20 veteran teams graduate and try and get somebody to purchase the building that we are currently in.

*How can people get involved with Paws & Stripes?
People can get involved with Paws & Stripes by either donating to our non-profit organization or volunteer here with us. Some people have had fundraisers for us in the past.

487460_763295970355743_877333509_n*Is there any non-monetary wish list items Paws & Stripes is looking for people to donate?
The items on our wish list range from dog treats to office supplies. Our wish list is on Amazon and you can go here to check it out.

*What is the link to your online store?


*Tell me about the Paws & Stripes Scholarship Program?
The Helping Dogs Helping Heroes scholarship is $6300. It will cover the full cost of a veteran and service dog team to go through our program.

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8 thoughts on “Paws & Stripes – Shelter Dogs Helping Veterans with PTSD

  1. Dog Mom Days says:

    I still can’t bring myself to watch this show – especially because my brother is in the military. I think that all veterans, especially with PTSD, are deserving of an amazing service dog. I also feel like it’s something that we need to educate more people about. The programs are absolutely fantastic.

  2. Ann "Paws" Staub says:

    What an awesome organization. I recently received an email from a man with PTSD simply telling me how much his dog has helped him since he’s had her. It’s amazing how much a dog can help.

    • Kimberley says:

      I completely agree with the dogs helping them. I can see it in their eyes when they are around Rolo. Its absolutely amazing! “The best therapists have 4 legs”

  3. It's Dog or Nothing says:

    I absolutely love Paws & Stripes. As a military spouse and someone that suffers from PTSD, I know how debilitating it can be. Atka is currently working on becoming a therapy dog so we can go on visits to military members suffering with PTSD. Service dogs make a huge difference in their lives, but since not everyone that needs can receive one, we want to help out.

  4. Jodi, Kolchak & Felix says:

    What an important post. I can`t imagine needing a service dog and not getting one or trying to navigate life after an experience as a soldier and not getting the support you need from the society that sent you :/

    • Kimberley says:

      I agree, Foundations that do this for people suffering from ptsd are heros on their own! Its amazing also the power of what a dog can do, I know when Rolo see’s someone we know who has it, he is making a difference, you can see it with the way they act. (even though rolo isn’t a service dog)

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