Wednesday evenings a dedicated group of men and women meet in Palm Coast, FL for an intense training session. The goal is to train their shelter dogs through Paws of War Florida Chapter. This group consists of veterans, as well as local law enforcement, & a retired firefighter. The dogs are all rescues, many from our local humane society.
Lauren Driscoll, originally from NY is the Director of Paws of War's Florida Chapter and has trained 15 service dogs in Florida since 2016. Married to a veteran, & with a Marine Corp son, Driscoll uses her many years of experience as a dog trainer to fulfill her desire to help others. For volunteers, it is a labor of love to the veterans who have served our Country, and the dogs who make a difference in their lives.
Many participants in the program are local residents, but some travel 2 hours to attend the weekly classes. Training can take 7-18 months to complete. Challenges come up (human & canine), but all agree... it's worth it. On Veterans Day 2017, two local veterans were presented with their service dogs during the Flagler Warrior Football Conference Championships. In 2018, three more participants should receive their service dogs.
Paws of War is a 501(c)3 organization & support from the community is always welcome. Donations will help both Florida's shelter dogs and veterans! We are presently seeking a facility for training as well as some equipment.
Your donation truly saves lives at both ends of the leash!