Guardian Revival's 'Boots & Paws' Program provides our guardians in need with service and companion dogs. Researchers have accumulated a growing body of evidence supporting the powerful therapeutic effects of animal ownership. Ownership of a dog brings purpose and passion into an owner's life and demands elevated responsibilities and mutually beneficial companionship. Dogs also have the ability to work and perform tasks in order to assist individuals in need, including retrieving medicine, opening/closing doors, and responding to emotional cues/reactions from their owner, to name a few. Boots & Paws offers both companion and service dogs to meet the needs of a diverse population of Guardians.
Our companion dog option is for Guardians looking for the benefits of animal ownership and companionship. Companion dogs are awarded along with a care package, which includes professional training sessions, veterinary coverage, pet insurance, food, toys, leashes, and other essential care equipment for up to a year. Scientific research supports the therapeutic benefits of dog ownership. The simple act of petting a dog lowers your heart rate and cortisol levels. Companion dogs can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness. The responsibilities of caring for a dog can benefit both physical and mental health tremendously by increasing physical activity and social interaction. The emotional support that a companion dog offers helps our Guardians overcome challenging situations that might otherwise compromise their quality of life.
We breed, raise, and professionally train service dogs for Guardians in need. A service animal refers to any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform at least three tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, or other mental disability. We offer two unique service dog options for Guardians. Some (qualified) Guardians can be placed with a puppy at three months old; this will allow them to participate in the training of their dog, under the direction of our professional canine trainers. We also offer fully trained service dogs that can be placed with the Guardian during a 14-day training and integration period. Each dog is individually trained to meet the needs and specific circumstances of its owner. All dogs graduate at 18 months of age after having met or exceeded the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) training standards, as well as successfully passing the Public Access Test (PAT).