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Paws For Purple Hearts

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Animals
  • Community


7404 Commerce Way, UNIT DRuther Glen, VA 22546 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to improving the lives of America’s Warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI by providing the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs.


Paws for Purple Hearts is a 501(C)(3) organization that is dedicated to helping Veterans.

Paws for Purple Hearts is the world’s only service dog organization for wounded service members and veterans that partners with Bergin University of Canine Studies. Bergin provides all Paws for Purple Hearts service dogs and trainers.

Founded and led by the famous canine researcher and inventor of the service dog concept, Dr. Bonnie Bergin, Bergin University is the first and only university in the world that focuses on training dogs and learning about dogs. Through its unique mission to advance human-canine studies, it produces the world’s best dog trainers and helps us breed the highest quality service dogs in the world. Although Paws for Purple Hearts is now separate from Bergin University, it’s a cause that is near and dear to Dr. Bergin. Today, she still actively engaged with Paws for Purple Hearts as a board member.

We not only train service dogs for our wounded warriors, but we also provide a therapeutic class known as Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy TM, also referred to as Service Dog Training Canine Assisted Therapeutic Intervention, is simple; those with PTSD, TBI and/or MST help PPH trainers with service dog training. Soothing, light-hearted contact with PPH puppies and dogs, together with caring and capable trainers, eases a warrior’s symptom severity.


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