2014-12-05 / Front Page

Paws for Peace brings Promise

BY ROSANNA GARGIULO Times Record Staff


PROMISE, A FIVE-WEEK-OLD MASTIFF, is slated to become a service dog for a Maine veteran through the Harpswell-based nonprofit Embrace a Vet’s Paws for Peace program. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB SMITH PROMISE, A FIVE-WEEK-OLD MASTIFF, is slated to become a service dog for a Maine veteran through the Harpswell-based nonprofit Embrace a Vet’s Paws for Peace program. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB SMITH HARPSWELL

Promise, a five-week-old Mastiff, is slated to become a service dog for a Maine veteran living with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Promise is one of the newest enrollees in the Harpswell-based nonprofit Embrace a Vet’s Paws for Peace program.

Through Paws for Peace, Embrace A Vet pairs veterans with dogs, often adopted at local shelters, and provides full service dog training for the pups. The next round of training is set to begin in late February.

“We can locate the dog, pay for the adoption and pay for the training, which can cost between $1,500 and $2,000 in all,” said EAV Executive Director Joy Johnson.

Johnson said it can be challenging for veterans with post-traumatic stress and brain injury to be placed with service or companion dogs through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who prioritize veterans with physical injuries for placement.

“It’s like a battle buddy — in the military you have a battle buddy, that’s the guy you trust the most, who’s always got your back,” said David Goyette, a veteran who was paired with service dog Sammy through Paws for Peace. “Now, in the civilian life, the dog becomes your battle buddy. He’s always there.”

For more information about Embrace a Vet, visit embraceavet.org or contact Joy Johnson by phone at (207) 720-0225 or email joy@embraceavet.org.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about Embrace a Vet, visit embraceavet.org or contact Joy Johnson by phone at (207) 720-0225 or email joy@embraceavet.org.

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