Problem & Solution

Problem: All over the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, there are retired military and law enforcement service dogs, which like any animal, need proper medical attention to live healthy, happy lives.  Because of the demanding nature of their jobs, many of these dogs require additional care, especially as they age, for problems such as arthritis, separation anxiety and pain management.

When service dogs retire from active duty, usually around the age of 10, all the dogs’ benefits cease, including veterinary care and dog food, and any expenses become the responsibility of the officer/handler/owner.

The senior years of a dog’s life are the most critical and expensive.  Approximately 40% of the lifetime veterinary expense for dogs occurs in the last two years of their lives, meaning the handler could expect up to $5,000 in veterinary bills in the final few years.

This financial burden very often puts the handler in a difficult position of having to decide if they can afford to care for their canine partner for the reminder of the dog’s life.EJS_1509_betty

They have three options:

  • Accept the financial responsibilities for caring for their “canine companion”
  • Try to find someone willing to adopt the service dog with the understanding it will be expensive and the life expectancy of the dog is limited
  • Last, but least, euthanasia

These military and law enforcement service dogs and their human partners DESERVE BETTER in return for their commitment and service to our country!


EJS_2286Paws of Honor will partner with selected veterinarians, dog food companies, veterinary supply distribution companies and drug manufacturers, and use charitable contributions from private and corporate partners, to provide services and products for the retired dogs with the goal of zero cost* to the handler.  These services and products will be available at Old Dominion Animal Health Center (ODAHCenter) centrally located in McLean, VA.

*Based on charitable contributions

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