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Hero Labradors' mission is to breed and select Labrador Retrievers of the highest quality, possessing the aptitude for service dog training, and to provide these dogs at no cost to service dog training programs. Selected programs agree to train and provide these dogs at no cost to disabled American Veterans, their Families, the Military Community, and First Responders.
Hero Labradors is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit with the mission of raising healthy, AKC Registered Labrador Retrievers for the purpose of providing the pups which have the aptitude to become service dogs to training organizations. Partner training organizations agree to train these dogs for disabled veterans, wounded warriors, and first responders, or their families, free of charge. We cover breeding, raising through 16 weeks to include feeding and vaccination, DNA testing, microchipping, veterinary care, AKC registration, assessment, and transportation costs to the training facilities.
I founded this nonprofit because there is a serious shortage of quality dogs for service dog work. As a service dog owner, I personally understand the benefits of these dogs, and want to see that every veteran or first responder who needs a service dog has the ability to receive one, without the financial burden of acquiring one (which can run into thousands of dollars.)
Due the shortage of dogs with the aptitude to become service dogs, many trainers are forced to source dogs from shelters, and while these dogs may become great service dogs, there is no telling what health issues the dog may have later in life, and unfortunately those problems can present once the owner has bonded with the animal and the burden of care is left to the owner. We provide dogs with no foreseeable health defects.