Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: By whom and when was Pets Loyal 2 Vets founded? A: Founded by Jeff LeBaron a US Navy Vietnam era veteran in October 2011 Q: When did Pets Loyal 2 Vets become an official organization? A: The Minnesota corporation paperwork was filed in February of 2013 Q: When did Pets Loyal 2 Vets receive its IRS tax exempt status? A: July of 2013 Q: Are my donations tax-deductible? A: Yes, Pets Loyal 2 Vets is a Minnesota based IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Q: Who can obtain a trained dog from Pets Loyal 2 Vets? A: Minnesota veterans who have been diagnosed and treated for PTSD, TBI and physical assault traumas. Q: If I need to go to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center for PTSD or TBI in-house treatments, therapies or medical attention and I do not have a place or cannot afford a place to board my dog, will Pets Loyal 2 Vets be able to help me out with this? A: In most cases, Yes. Pets Loyal 2 Vets is the only organization in the country that will board your dog free of charge so that you can obtain the help and services you need. This service greatly depends on boarding space and foster families that are available. Q: Where does Pets Loyal 2 Vets get their dogs from? A: Donations from Minnesota breeders and rescue organizations. Q: Does Pets Loyal 2 Vets take in dogs to find homes for them? A: No. If you have a dog that needs a home, you should contact one of the rescue groups on our site or a rescue group near you. Q: Will Pets Loyal 2 Vets find and give me a dog without it being trained? A: No. Our programs are very specific to meet the needs of veterans enrolled with us and as such, time spent with each dog is very important. If you need a dog that has not been trained, there are hundreds of rescue groups in Minnesota that can help find a dog for you. Q: How do I obtain a trained dog from Pets Loyal 2 Vets? A: On our website below the About tab on our main menu is a Dog Application tab. Click this, fill it in and click submit. A follow-up e-mail will then be sent to you letting you know it has been received. Only those applicants who submit this application will be considered. Q: Is receiving a dog based on first come first served? A: No. We spend a great deal of time on each dog to ensure they meet the needs of the veteran so the placement of one of our dogs is based on the highest priority need. Q: Do I need a letter from my VA Doctor showing that a dog would be beneficial to me as a necessary part of my ongoing rehabilitation and well-being? A: Yes. If you are considering applying for one of our dogs, you will need a letter from your attending VA Social Worker or VA Mental Health Specialist telling Pets Loyal 2 Vets that obtaining one of our dogs would be necessary to your mental health well-being and will add to your quality of life. Q: Are there any fees charged for a dog through Pets Loyal 2 Vets? A: No. All dogs are adopted out to veterans enrolled in our programs at no charge. There are no equipment or application fees as found in other organizations. Q: How long does it take to get a dog? A: Depending on the veteran’s needs and the dog being trained. But generally speaking, a certified CGC dog obedience trained companion dog will take 6 to 7 weeks. A certified TDI trained therapy dog will generally take 6 to 9 months. A certified ADI Psychiatric service dog can generally take about 12 to18 months but will depend on the specific needs of the veteran. Q: Can Pets Loyal 2 Vets train my dog? A: That will depend greatly on the trainability of the dog. Our trainers will perform a training assessment on your dog at our training center to first ensure the dog is a good candidate for training. All vaccinations must be up to date and veterinary papers must accompany all dogs being considered. Training of your dog depends on whether you are a qulaified candidate for our program. Q: Will I be able to train with my dog before I take it with me? A: Yes Q: Will Pets Loyal 2 Vets conduct a follow-up with each veteran? A: Yes. Pets Loyal 2 Vets will conduct quarterly follow-ups. All graduated dogs and their veteran owners are also invited back each year for a two-day refresher training class at no charge. Q: Can I help Pets Loyal 2 Vets by getting involved in my community promoting Pets Loyal 2 Vets services to other veterans? A: Yes. All veteran graduates will have the opportunity to participate in our community outreach programs. Q: Can I use my dog for a family member who has PTSD, TBI or a physical assault trauma? N: No. Your dog is trained to meet your needs, not the needs of others. Q: If I can no longer care for my dog what do I do? A: If you can no longer care for your dog, it must be returned to Pets Loyal 2 Vets.