We Raised over $31,000 for Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor!
What an INCREDIBLE total amount raised this last year by all members of BPW, across all of PA! Our state project was Tails of Valor Paws of Honor Program, Inc. We were able to pay for a service puppy and name him! Attached is “Gates”, and the Veteran he is named after. Great job BPW! Now it’s on to the next State Project…
About Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor - State Project for 2022-23
Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor’s (TOV) mission is to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies by training service canines for Veterans suffering from PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Physical Disabilities. TOV provides struggling Veterans with trained companions who aid and assist in their daily routines, improving the quality of life. Our Canine Connections CPS program provides our Veterans with social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families.
This recovery oriented therapy program is attended by Veterans seeking to define what is preventing them from achieving quality of life measures. This program brings awareness of behaviors, fears and attitudes to overcome. Veterans work with certified peer counselors to continue to develop our canines, all of whom are named in honor of a fallen soldier. Each particular activity, command or exercise, experienced during their 18-24 months training period, correlates to symptoms, known or unknown, to the participant. All of our dogs experience more than 100 exposures of everyday living, over 40 commands and three tasks, specific to their Veteran. Upon completion of their training (1,500-2,000 hours), these fully-trained TOV/ADA guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a Veteran.
Tails of Valor is privately funded by generous donors wanting to give back to our Veterans that have given us so much of what we enjoy today.