Heeling Heroes founder has experienced firsthand the devastation of PTSD and how it affects individuals returning from service. With that knowledge and life experience Heeling Heroes brings a perspective unknown to most. We are dedicated to bring that person suffering with PTSD and TBI together with a Heeling Heroes dog to effectively cope with life’s many struggles.

During the interview process we strive to create a relationship and get to know the person. Once an applicant is accepted in to the program we begin looking for his/her hero. We pair our applicants according to their needs as well as their lifestyle.

Our dogs are adopted from shelters, donated from various private breeders and our own litters. This gives us a variety of dogs that will meet most needs for our recipients.

We will provide training for the recipient and dog whether it is a puppy to an adult dog. Training will be geared to the age of the dog and will consist of private and group training. A complete schedule of training sessions will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Training will be held in various locations in the Phoenix metro area.

Giving back is an important aspect of our program. The graduates are asked to “pay it forward” to another recipient that is going through the program to and become their mentor. Peer mentorship is required so that previous graduates can provide encouragement, help answer any questions the new team has, and also share any experience and/or advice learned firsthand.

Graduates of Heeling Heroes will also have the opportunity to “pay it forward” to their community by completing additional training for their service dog to be certified as a search and rescue dog and/or a therapy dog to travel to local hospitals to visit sick patients.

Graduating dogs will be certified as a service dog and will be able to accompany their handler in their daily lives. It is important that continual training is utilized to keep the dog and recipient in tune. A Certified Service Dog is allowed by law to enter public places such as the handler’s work place, restaurants, buses, stores, etc. These are rights set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

All placement and training fees are no cost to the handler. The handler will be responsible for transportation and housing costs (if needed). We are now accepting applications to consider your placement with a service dog.

All funding for HEELING HEROES is from charitable donations. Please help our cause and donate today.

  • MissionTo provide service dogs to veterans, first responders and others suffering from PTSD/TBI.
  • PassionOur founder has experienced first hand the effects of PTSD/TBI. Our passion is to battle PTSD /TBI one dog at a time.
  • VirtueTo be transparent to our community and board members.

Proclaim God's Word

Give unto others as it is given to you.

Provide Service Animals

To heal the broken.

Reduce Suicides

Through hands on training and support.

Give Hope

Through teaching the veteran/first responders and sports veterans, with their service dog how to cope.


Please join us at our upcoming events. If you have a question, need more information, or would like to schedule an event with Heeling Heroes, please contact us.


HEELING HEROES evaluates every dog from local shelters, breeder donations, rescue groups and puppies from in home litters. Each puppy/dog must exhibit the temperament and trainability to become a service dog for our vets and first responders. With the dogs personality in mind we pair them with an individual that will become an inseparable team.

When dealing with dogs from shelters and rescue groups an initial evaluation period is necessary to evaluate the dog for potential problems. Additionally, when litters are born, it is important to give the puppies time to grow and learn prior to being placed in their forever home. This is where a Foster Volunteer home is important. Sometimes it may be long term sometimes short term. During the foster time Heeling Heroes will evaluate the dog/puppy to move to its new life. The Foster Volunteer must be willing to help train the dog for either initial puppy training, i.e. crate training, house breaking, manners, etc. or helping the rescued dog become calm and comfortable in home as well as public.

NOTE: Heeling Heroes is an Arizona-based program. Foster Volunteers must live in Arizona. Thank you for your interest in fostering a dog from Heeling Heroes. Our foster program helps Heeling Heroes find the right dog for the right veteran/first responder. Please answer the following questions as completely as possible.

Once completed we will review your application and contact you for further consideration.

To apply to foster, download this form, fill out, print and return to HEELING HEROES at heelingheroes@gmail.com or mail to Heeling Heroes, 20817 N 32nd Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027


QUALIFICATION: If you have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or other injuries and feel a service dog may assist you in your recovery, please download the application, complete it and return it to us. We will contact you for further evaluation.

To be considered for placement & training with a Service Dog you must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. Veteran of any military branch or First Responders.
  • Sports Veterans and other injuries. (other injuries to be reviewed)
  • Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • You must be willing to attend training classes with your dog for a minimum of 6-9 mos.
  • If you are not currently living in Arizona you must be able to relocate and attend classes in Arizona for a minimum of 6-9 months.

If you are applying and want to train a dog that you already own you will have to meet the above requirements and your dog will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Age 1 to 3 years old
  • No evidence of aggressive behavior towards people or other animals
  • Current on Rabies and DHPP vaccines
  • No major medical disorders
  • Spayed female or neutered male
  • Pass a behavior evaluation by a HH representative

Once completed we will review your application and contact you for further consideration.

To apply, download this form, return to Heeling Heroes at heelingheroes@gmail.com or mail to Heeling Heroes, 20817 N 32nd Dr, Phoenix AZ 85027.