Hero Dogs in Training
Click on each picture to learn more about that specific service-dog-in-training. For information about which training phase the Hero Dogs are in visit puppy program, advanced training, or team training.
Veteran/Hero Dogs Team Graduates
Hero Dogs Ambassadors
Hero Dogs Ambassadors assist in training, Veterans outreach, and our education and awareness programs.
Hero Dogs Volunteering as Therapy Dogs
For information about released Hero Dogs with a different career path, visit our page on therapy dogs. To learn more about the named dog, click on their picture or link to visit their page.
Skilled Home Companions to Veterans and Military Families
The job of a service dog is not an easy one; only about one in every three dogs we start in the program will ultimately end up in a successful partnership with a Veteran as a working service dog. Read more on our honorably discharged page.
Available for Adoption
Meet Hero Dogs Jan C. Scruggs (“Scruggs”). He is a two-year old neutered male yellow Labrador retriever (DOB: June 2, 2015). Scruggs is an exuberant and affectionate dog and is very popular with everyone in our program. He has been in our program since he was a puppy and continues to work on advanced skill training. Unfortunately, Scruggs has developed allergies that will require treatment for rest of his life. The additional expense and commitment to a strict treatment regimen make Scruggs an unsuitable candidate for service dog duty.
Scruggs is a friendly, well-adjusted dog and should be successful in a family with children or other pets. However, he does like company and would not do well in a situation that would require him to be home alone all day. We feel that Scruggs has the potential to thrive in a Skilled In-Home Companion position (no public access). This would give him the opportunity to continue to use his hard-earned skills as an assistance dog, but not in an environment where his allergies could be distracting for him or his partner. Scruggs could also excel as a Facility Dog for a mental health practitioner. He is very affectionate and enjoys physical contact, and could provide the calm and accepting atmosphere desired in a therapeutic setting.
Requirements to adopt Scruggs:
- Financial ability to maintain allergy treatment and diet (about $750-$1,000 per year in addition to normal veterinary costs for a dog)
- Willingness to give allergy serum shot every two weeks for the rest of his life (can be done at home)
- Willingness to give antihistamine shot every 4-6 weeks for the rest of his life (must be done at veterinarian)
- Willingness to adhere to a strict diet and purchase specific food and treats
- Not left home alone all day, every day
- Willingness and ability to provide ample exercise for a young and enthusiastic retriever
- A fenced yard is preferred (NO electronic fences)
If you are a mental health practitioner and are interested in adopting Scruggs as a Facility Dog for your practice, please click here to read the requirements for Facility Dogs and to fill out an application
If you are interested in adopting Scruggs as a Skilled In-Home Companion to a veteran, first responder, or military family, please click here to apply.
Because of his medical needs, there is no fee to adopt Scruggs. There is a training requirement for placement as either a Facility Dog or as a Skilled In-Home Companion. A home visit will be required, so potential adopters should live within approximately 60 miles of Brookeville, MD.