As most of you know we've been helping to train a service dog here at FOX 7 for the last few months. Our team of eight trainers worked with a Patriot Paws trainer to help socialize and train Tommy to some day be a service dog for a veteran.
Tommy, a black lab puppy, turns seven-months old on Tuesda. He has about 18 more months of training before he will graduate from the program and be matched with a veteran. Right now, there are more than 150 veterans waiting for a service dog through the Patriot Paws program. The average wait time is about five years.
That's why FOX 7 partnered with them. We wanted to help spread the word about the need for more service dogs for veterans and we hoped to encourage our viewers to help out by volunteering or donating money to Patriot Paws.