Healing Paws for Warriors Inc

Save a Veteran / Rescue a Dog

aka HP4Ws   |   Ft Walton Beach, FL   |  http://www.healingpawsforwarriors.org/

Mission

Healing Paws for Warriors is a veteran founded / veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue-to trained ADA certified service dogs to veterans faced with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at “no cost” to the veteran with continued support. Our team is comprised of a combat medical war veteran, practicing PTSD therapist, professional service dog trainer, a veterinarian, and many other supportive volunteers. Our dogs come only from local rescues. Our service dog trainer teaches the dogs and the veterans as a team. The dogs are not pets, they are service dogs with the complete protection and rights granted by the American with Disabilities Act. We are devoted to pairing and training service dogs with veterans at NO C

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mike Arena

Co Principal Officer

Sheila Hale

Main address

PO BOX 4373

Ft Walton Beach, FL 32549 USA

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EIN

47-3963187

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (E11)

Other Services (D60)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization problem is working to address /meeting the demands for the request of service dogs for veterans faced with PTSD, TBI or MST while they transition from military to civilian life. These service dogs are a tool that provides an increase to quality of life.

Not all service members return needing a prosthetic leg, some need the support of a service dog.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shelter to Service Canines / Combat Veteran Teams

Committed to providing veterans the tools to LIVE.
Shelter to service dogs are trained to become ADA certified canines and then teamed with combat veterans. Once canine becomes the "battle buddy", this improves the veteran’s symptoms as they re-adjust back into civilian life; building their self esteem and leading a more productive role.

Population(s) Served

Veteran founded / veteran led 501(c)((3) providing post 9/11 veterans rescue to ADA trained service dogs, at "no cost" to the veteran.

Population(s) Served

Program encompass costs from rescue to trained to partnered with a veteran.
Once the dogs is rescued, medical expenses to include shots, spayed/neutered and microchipped.
Then the dog is placed with a trainer for up to 180 hours with over 70-80 commands. Costs includes shelter, food, and training. Additionally, service dog is paired with a veteran for additional 2-3 months of training on how to use the dog. Costs include transportation/meals. Finally, veteran / K9 team graduates to include costs of location, vet records, and (x2) certifications.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization's goal is to meet the application waiting list by obtaining a staffed training facility; increase rescue-to trained service dogs providing the veterans needs.

Our organization strategies is to continue to fund raise, apply for grants, and continue to obtain local support.

Our organization's capabilities are determination and drive to "pay it forward".
We are a reputable veteran founded/veteran led organization that has received and continue to gain local support.

Our organization's progress is reflected from our graduates from the program and the on-going application receives for a continued need.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Healing Paws for Warriors Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mike Arena


Board co-chair

Steve Strait

Steve Strait

Leslie Dorman

Paula Sherman

Frank Dailey

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No