OPERATION: Walking with Warriors
The Rescued & Ready training team is led by certified trainers who, working with fosters and volunteers, ensure that all of our dogs are trained to be reliable, effective assistance animals. Each dog is with us for a minimum of one year before being matched. Through extensive training, each animal is taught basic commands before passing the Canine Good Citizen test. After which they are matched with their potential partner to begin advanced task training and proofing before graduating the program.
Thanks to Rescued & Ready's non-profit program, we are able to match these teams completely free of charge, so help is within reach for anyone in need. Our training team works with each dog to ensure that they are partnered with the individual whose life they can improve the most. We also offer continued training and support from our teams at no cost, for the life of their service dog to ensure the strongest partnership possible.
The connection between veterans and bully breed dogs is a powerful one. Both the vet and the bully are strong and proud…and very misunderstood in the public opinion.
There are 3.8 million service men and women in the U.S. living with a service-connected disability. A staggering 1 in 3 veterans live w/ PTSD. These numbers do not account for veterans with disabilities unrelated to their service.
Meanwhile, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter our nation’s animal shelters each year. All ages and sizes, purebred and mixed breed, most are healthy and adoptable. Yet, nearly 60% will never leave the shelter.
What if they could help each other?
Purchasing a service dog can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000. To families already juggling disability-related expenses, this is cost prohibitive, to say the least…and these animals are not covered by health insurance.
These are the thoughts that prompted us to launch Operation: Walking with Warriors, which pairs rescued bully breed dogs with combat-injured veterans. Each future service dog is rescued from an animal shelter and individually trained to perform tasks that mitigate the disability of a specific veteran, bettering the life of both the dog and of the human recipient.