Vanderpump Veteran’s Program - The Vanderpump Veteran’s Program pairs a Veteran in need with a rescue dog that has undergone 5 months of PTSD training with our partner trainer.
Working alongside the Toni Brooks Foundation, New Directions and Raven Drum Foundations, we can provide dogs at no cost to veterans adopting from Vanderpump Dogs Foundation. As part of the adoption process we will match veterans with the best dog companion for them, followed by training to help with PTSD and mental disorders. VP Dogs will utilize a Board certified dog trainer, Madeline Quint to execute the training program over a 90 to 120-day period. The program begins with a 30-day intensive Board and Trainer with Ms. Quint then transitions into a 60 to 90-day intensive human / service dog training where Ms. Quint will work with our veterans alongside their service animal. The program ($25,000) will cover all professional service dog training, education programming, administration cost and all other affiliated costs.
For more information on the importance of emotion support animals in the Veteran community, please see below:
Veterans have a much higher risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). About 11-20% of veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have developed PTSD symptoms. That is an extraordinary number of people who need help dealing with PTSD symptoms. People with PTSD often struggle with emotional numbness, night terrors, depression, paranoia, and loneliness.
Studies have shown that emotional support animals (ESA), especially dogs, help sooth many PTSD symptoms in veterans. A 2018 study by researchers at Purdue University concluded that ESA dogs lowered PTSD symptoms, improved the quality of life, and increased social participation among veterans. Of the 141 veterans in this study, the group with the ESA dog reported much better mental health and well-being than the group without an ESA dog.
A similar study released in 2016 by the American Psychiatric Association found similar results. The group in that study that had an ESA dog reported great happiness, decreased stress, and better relationships than the group without.
What both of these studies clearly show is that ESA animals, especially dogs, have a significant impact on a veteran’s mental health and overall well-being. It is no wonder then that ESA dogs are becoming a very common treatment option for veterans and others with mental health issues. Any rescue from Vanderpump Dogs can be trained as an ESA.