How you can help

TAV Certified Service Dogs are provided to veterans at no cost - but require an enormous amount of time, effort and money to train. Expenses include up to 18 months worth of food, vaccinations, medical care, housing, transportation, professional training and special equipment including harnesses, vests, leads, identification patches and cards. Partnerships with donors, sponsors, and the helping hands of volunteers makes these life-changing Service Dogs possible for our veterans.

There is no government funding for PTSD Service Dogs - and the cost to breed, raise, train and partner a TAV Service Dog averages $25,000. (The applicant’s only expense is a minimal application and equipment fee.)  

Corporate Sponsors: 

You are invited to invest with us at This Able Veteran as we continue providing Service Dogs for some of America’s most injured veterans. Contact us at servicedog@thisableveteran.org for more information. 

Donate through PayPal or if you prefer to mail a check, please send it to:

This Able Veteran
1714 South Wolf Creek Road
Carbondale, Illinois 62902


Every veteran receives a crate for their new Service dog. We need donations of new, sturdy, medium- and large-sized crates. Locally, crates or gift cards can be purchased at Rural King or monetary donations of $85 will cover the cost of one crate.


If you would like to volunteer, we need people for:

  • dog walking
  • construction and maintenance
  • transportion of dogs
  • office skills (data input)
  • cleaning
  • cleaning runs
  • feeding the dogs
  • volunteers for events

THANK YOU!