The Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an animal rescue organization originally opened and based in New York. In order to help veterans suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), GOR is opening a new “Paws of War” chapter in Port St. Lucie, in the State of Florida. Although their home port is NY, this animal rescue operates all around the nation.
GOR started Paws of War in order to help the men and women returning from their deployment; individuals that have risked everything for our country. The sub-organization of GOR trains dogs to be service companions to the returning warriors.
“Florida is no exception to the plight of homeless companion animals or veterans in need,” says Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue. “We are thrilled to have Lauren Driscoll become the director of our new Florida chapter.”
Studies have proven that trained service animals have been established as a good form of treatment for the veterans who suffer from PTSD. That is why Guardians of Rescue formed Paws of War.
The program is intended to not only help the humans in need but is saving abandoned dogs; providing the animals with proper veterinary treatment and then training them to be service companions. One program, two lives being saved!
When a vet is paired with a service animal, it gives them a new lease on life. The dogs provide comfort for many who suffer daily with feelings of anxiety, depression, nightmares or flashbacks.
GOR has been quite successful in pairing trained service companions with returning vets. The veterans come from each of the various military branches and even include active men and women. PTSD seems to be alleviated by the presence of having a trained service dog present.
Paws of War has grown to a point that it has now become its own 501 (c)(3) organization. Lauren Driscoll, owner of Pet Peeves Dog Training and a Certified Dog Obedience Trainer, is going to be spearheading the newest chapter of Paws of War in Florida. She began training canines in 2009. She has worked alongside the Guardians of Rescue in New York as a Paws of War trainer.
Driscoll moved to Florida and is now committed to the cause completely. She is working non-stop by working with shelters in the area. One specific shelter includes Dogs and Cats Forever: Animal Sanctuary & No Kill Shelter. This shelter is located in Fort Pierce.
“I’ve trained 13 dogs already for Paws of War and look forward to expanding our Paws of War program into Florida,” states Driscoll. “I love what I do for the homeless dogs and for our country’s veterans who sacrifice so much for us all.”
“This is very exciting,” says Scofield. “The goal is to expand this program to every state to help as many veterans as we can.”
To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org or Paws of War www.pawsofwar.org.