Canine Guardians

Canine Guardians

What They Do:

Empower PTSD/disabled veterans to live a more independent life by providing them with specially trained assistance dogs at NO cost. Our dogs aid with physical needs, address/soothe emotional wounds, wake their vet from nightmares, and help them feel safe in public. They calm, comfort, adore, and love them.

In 2012, the VA pulled support for service dogs, but ask any veteran if their service dog has saved them and they’ll say, “Absolutely! Dogs save lives, marriages, and families!” Our Canine Guardian dogs have demonstrably positive, long-term impact!

Local students/adults raise our puppies in their own homes while receiving essential bi-weekly guidance and skills training for/with their dogs. CG dogs are taught physical commands:  pick up dropped objects, open and retrieve items from refrigerators, grocery shop, turn on/off lights. They block/protect the back side of the veteran in public, pop a corner (check a room/hallway for safety before entering), and more.

Other Ways to Help:

  • Puppy Parents:  foster our dogs for one year of love and socialization. Regular training required.
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising Help
  • Website Design
  • Newsletter Production

Business Partners:

Our thanks to Marcia Hadeler, Realtor at Coldwell Banker, for providing additional funds to Canine Guardians through the Give!Guide.


I was a Corps helicopter gunner. After I got out, I roller-coastered with extreme emotions. If sad, I was distraught; angry, I went ballistic. Then, I met Liberty! My wife credits Liberty with saving me/marriage.

~ - Reid Clark, Marine veteran

  1. Robert and Carolyn Passmore
  2. Douglas Heskett
  3. Mara Bleviss
  4. Lynn Skillings
  5. Janice Taylor
  6. Cheryl Zammataro
  7. Greg McGrath
  8. Nancy Moore in honor of Kate Moore and David Brownell
  9. Rex Clack
  10. mark freund
  11. Anonymous
  12. Susan Tough
  13. Jane Zastrow
  14. Cory Roche
  15. Anonymous
  16. Anonymous
  17. Leslie Erickson
  18. Sandra and Dean Hansen
  19. Carol Lilleberg in honor of Hope Lugo and Evie Trevethan
  20. Anne S. Percelay
  21. Kendra Bruno
  22. Anonymous
  23. Bob Fioretti
  24. Dianne Snyder
  25. Don & Ellen Wulf
  26. Barbie Jamieson
  27. Sharyn Fuller in honor of the memory of Eleanor & Wesley Meyer
  28. Jeff Mays
  29. buck donnelly
  30. Dorothy Salmon in honor of Grace and Arden Lloyd
  31. Andrea Marquardt
  32. Kathy Mosher
  33. Valerie Opry
  34. Anonymous
  35. Anonymous
  36. Anonymous
  37. Anonymous
  38. Christine Ochs
  39. Anonymous
  40. Dale and Bette Acomb
  41. Kelli Marchbanks
  42. michael kelley in honor of our canine companions nigel and nola
  43. John Thorngate
  44. Anonymous
  45. Louann Talbert in honor of River School Room 3 Advisory class
  46. kate salenfriend
  47. Anonymous
  48. lisa mar-johnston in honor of patti brown, danielle brown, bev and mart flynn and family, lisa aand jj johnston and family
  49. Jessica Harcourt
  50. Anonymous
  51. Rian Lindley
  52. Sherri Fidel
  53. Vhea Poppe
  54. Stephanie Turnipseed
  55. Bill Imada in honor of Ms. Anita Howe
  56. Anne McMinn
  57. Marilyn Ferrante in honor of Nelson & Shasta
  58. Anonymous
  59. Carol Nelsen
  60. Marjorie Hoyer Smith
  61. Kerry Dyer
  62. Bill Thomas
  63. Anonymous in honor of The good work Canine Guardians does!
  64. Andy and Shelley Dowdle
  65. Katrinka Ruk in honor of Delaine Diestler
  66. Melanie Oberting
  67. Jacqueline Jackson
  68. Mary Ann Formosa
  69. Anonymous in honor of the memory of Isabelle Devean Berry
  70. Anonymous
  71. Marilyn OConnell
  72. Heather Graves in honor of Irene
  73. Richard Faenzi & Peggy Eriksen
  74. Linda Methven
  75. Karen Swain
  76. Anonymous
  77. Nancy Lahr
  78. Dorothy Hearn
  79. Don Payne
  80. Cathy Sullivan in honor of All my beautiful and loving pets.
  82. Anonymous
  83. Anonymous in honor of Maxy
  84. Hilary Zunin
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