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About Evan’s Paws for Heroes
We are a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing support dogs for first responders and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Our goal is to provide the best quality dogs at no cost to our heroes: paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, emergency department personnel, and military personnel.
Support dogs can help improve their quality of life and to support them in regaining their independence.
Our service dogs are trained in specific tasks that allow their owner to feel more comfortable in public, reducing isolation, depression, and anxiety. In many cases, we can see a reduction in medications and improvement in sleep from many of our first responders.
Having a service dog can be a key component on the road to recovery for some individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Our goal is to Match each one of our Heroes with the best dog to support their specific needs.
Who We Serve
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We serve first responders. Who are first responders? They are among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and sometimes military personnel. Emergency department personnel are also required to respond to disasters and critical situations making them first responders. They are the ones that run towards dangerous situations to help while the rest of us run away. Why first responders? There is a significant amount of stress caused by the situations first responders face every day. Over time, exposure to constant life and death situations can take a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health, eventually leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD occurs as a reaction to one’s exposure to a traumatic event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, extreme worry, guilt or hopelessness, anxiety, feeling jumpy or on-edge, a loss of interest in daily life, startling easily, sleep disorders, and problems with food, drugs and/or alcohol.
Our Trainer and Our Dogs
Linda Konrad from Good Canine
Linda Konrad is the Founder and Executive Director and Trainer of Good Canine and Good Canine Academy. Good Canine offers the training program needed for Evan’s Paws for Hero’s to become one step above the rest when it comes to a complete training program for the dogs that will be trained and placed through this organization. Good Canine is world renowned on the quality of dogs and training methods it puts into placing a Service Dog. Linda Konrad has been training dogs in several areas for over 45 years and counting. Her canine knowledge of what makes a dog tick is broken down so that anyone can be taught how a dog actually learns and succeeds in the human world and becomes a true partner to their person.
Good Canine does not train service dogs from other people’s dogs, nor do we pull from shelters or rescue dogs as a main source. We totally promote rescuing dogs; however, our ability to recruit dogs from responsible breeders that maintain the highest health standards allows us to minimize the risk of wasting precious time training dogs with hereditary or health issues. For these reasons we almost always acquire our dogs from the breeders we have known for years that understand the standards we are seeking.
Want to volunteer?
Puppy Foster Parent
A contract regarding the puppy will be signed. Foster is to be completely aware that all things having to raise said puppy will be solely out of their pocket, ie, food, vetting, etc. up to the age of 18 months. Foster and puppy will attend at least 2 classes per month mandatory for the training and raising exercises of said puppy. Foster will also attend meetings when necessary and be involved with fundraising events and social events when requested to help promote EPH.
Throughout the year Evan’s Paws for Heroes holds various fundraising events in the community. We ask volunteers to help with marketing efforts, event coordination, phone calls, and logistical details on the day of the event.
- Dogtober Fest DFW
- 5K runs/walks