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The healing power of canine companionship

Founded in January 2010, Operation Freedom Paws (OFP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that matches dogs with individuals who have Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress (CPTS), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, or other physical, neurological, psychological, and mobility needs.

OFP empowers veterans and individuals to restore their freedom to live life by training the individual to train their own dog, and then certifying them together as a service dog team.

OFP may look to some like a charity, but we think of it as an organization that supports and enables people to achieve success. We’re not just giving them a dog, we’re giving them the tools they need to overcome challenges.

Most of the dogs in our teams are rescued from shelters. Thus, the team is healing together, and providing each other with a new lease on life. Each is matched to a specific client’s physical and psychological needs. There is no charge — OFP just asks for a commitment to complete the 48-week training program.

Through a special therapeutic canine-human relationship, all veterans and individuals with disabilities can live an enriched life and engage in their communities once more.

Operation Freedom Paws empowers veterans and individuals with disabilities to restore their freedom to live life.

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