PTSD service dogs for vets

RRUFF Healing Heroes provides funding to support service dogs for veterans with PTSD and other invisible disabilities in the Greater Sacramento/Placer County area. This program is made possible by the generous support of our RRUFF members, local businesses, and individual donations. 


Allegiant Giving  will fund group classes in 2020 as we expand the Healing Heroes Program. RRUFF will continue to fund veterinary care expenses, dog acquisition costs, and individual scholarships.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious problem for veterans. Each day, 22 American Veterans die by suicide. Our efforts along with Allegiant Giving provides funding for group service dog classes at the following locations:


 Pet Food Express, Roseville 

 Beale Air Force Base

 American River College, Sacramento

 St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Rancho Cordova.

 Placerville Veteran’s Hall, Placerville 

 Next location:  Grass Valley/Nevada City pending


The One Year service dog training program matches a veteran with a service dog and then trains the two to work together. PTSD service dogs help by alerting their human to the approach of someone from behind, guiding their human to a safe place, interrupting nightmares and flashbacks, and many other tasks.


Classes are led by highly qualified trainers at 4Paws2Freedom . This nonprofit was created to improve the lives of veterans and first responders coping with PTSD through the use of service dogs. Group classes can accommodate up to 10 veteran/dog teams.


If you are interested in applying for a class, please submit your online application directly to 4Paws2Freedom here.   


Individual scholarships are awarded as funding allows.


We exist for the sole purpose of being a catalyst for hope and change – 1 Veteran & 1 Dog at a Time



The Healing Heroes program is dedicated to the memory of Luis Carlos Montalvan 1973-2016

Luis Carlos Montalvan was an American soldier and author who was an advocate for the use of service dogs. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge for his combat service. After his discharge from the service, he suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that made it difficult for him to even leave his apartment – until he met his service dog Tuesday. Together, Captain Montalvan and Tuesday raised awareness about PTSD and its impact on veterans, and their meeting with Senator Al Franken inspired the legislator to introduce a bill to provide service dogs for vets. Captain Montalvan’s book “Until Tuesday:  A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him”  was a New York Times bestseller.