Donate Shoes, Help Train a Service Dog

If you’re Marie Kondo’ing your life, put aside your shoes for an excellent cause: A Florida organization is training shelter dogs to be service dogs…and they need your footwear.


According to, Healing Paws for Warriors is running a new program that makes $10 for every 25 pairs of donated shoes. The cost of training a shelter pet runs around $5K, so they need all they can to make it happen. (The shoes will eventually make their way to people in third-world countries for re-use.)


Healing Paws for Warriors mission is to “provide rescue-to-service ADA compliant service dogs to post 9/11 veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at ‘no cost’ to the veteran with continued support; reducing the statistic of veteran suicide.”


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Maureen Dempsey

Maureen Dempsey is a freelance writer living in New York with an ancient, 14-year-old chihuahua and a feisty, young dachshund.

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