our mission People Saving Dogs

Dogs Saving People

We pair rescued shelter dogs with survivors of sexual assault and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and facilitate the training to transform them into Service Dogs.

learn moreAbout Our Mission

We are a Maine 501(c)(3) that funds adoption and training costs for Service Dogs and Survivors. This includes spaying/neutering. We match the appropriate dog with their survivor and place the team in a 20-week training program together. This training transforms the dogs from ordinary, shelter dogs into highly trained, "medical equipment" that offer both survivors and their dogs a new lease on life.


Our NeedSee what we need to accomplish our goals.

  • The Cost

    The cost to send one survivor and their new canine partner through our program is $3,500; we need at least $21,000 to fund our first class of six survivors and service dog teams. There are currently nine survivors, male and female, veteran and civilian, on our waiting list. To fund all nine survivor and service dog teams, we will require $31,500.

  • How You Can Make A Difference

    We are asking our growing, supportive community to help us raise the FULL amount to put all our waitlisted survivor and service dog teams through the program in our first class.

Stats at a Glance

teams who completed Service Dog Strong training

Training Session in progress
class currently being screened (both dogs & people)
current class we are fundraising for

The GoalBecome a survivor with confidence.

Our main team consists of survivors themselves. Our team believes in responsible sustainability since we solely use shelter dogs and do not buy from breeders. We believe in the healing power of animals and recognize the strength of connection between dogs and their survivors. Victims of sexual violence sometimes have difficulty connecting with other people and the symptoms of PTSD can draw them into their own isolated world. With a service dog, victims can change their outlook to become a survivor able to navigate the world with confidence again.

Class of 2021

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