WNY Heroes launched a program called “Pawsitive for Heroes” in 2014. The program will pay for service dog training, with the help of sponsorship’s. They go through about six weeks of courses.
A service dog can go anywhere his owner goes but you’re not supposed to approach them, call them by name, or even bend down and pet them. “A service dog is meant for a single individual need or purpose,” Kregier explained. “The dog can’t be touched by everybody and anybody. The dog has to listen directly to the handler. It can only be touched by the handler. So there’s a huge difference between therapy dog and service dog. When they put their vest on, they’re working it all business. When the vest comes off, they go right back to being a normal house dog.”
If you know someone that could benefit from Pawsitive for Heroes, fill out an application here: