Paws of War: Help a Vet, Save a Pet

Guardians of Rescue believe that heroes deserve heroes. Any donation is truly appreciated and helps both ends of the leash.
Your support will help save, train, feed, house, and transport a dog to his/her veteran in waiting. We hope you will become part of our paws of war family!


To suitably match pets, often left behind from war torn areas or US kill shelters by pairing them with military veterans suffering from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD who seek the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring.

• All dogs are evaluated prior to training to qualify for the program
• Each dog is carefully matched up with the veteran in need
• Transportation and delivery of dog provided by GoR
• Follow up help and dog training is provided by GoR
• GoR stand behind our dogs 100%. We will always take the animal back for any reason.
• If you or a loved one are a veteran suffering from PTSD, please email us at or fill out our Paws of War application.
• All Paws of War PTSD dogs are certified as service dogs. Through their certification they can travel in all public venues (including airlines, taxi’s, restaurants etc.) with their military veteran owner as protected through the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act).
• Service dog vests are not required, but are provided for all dogs. Service dog tags will be on the dogs harness or collar.


Guardians of Rescue member John Walis, a US Army Corporal who served in Afghanistan will be spearheading the Paws of War Program. John knows firsthand the emotional effects of war. “Many veterans of war suffer from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, said Corporal Walis. “It can have emotionally paralyzing effects. Daily living can become difficult and often be filled with feelings of paranoia and fear.”

Robert Misseri, Founder of Guardians of Rescue developed this program after meeting John. The organization arranged for “Tommy”, a shaggy mixed breed dog from Afghanistan to come to the states and become John’s best friend for life. “Animals have a very therapeutic, calming effect on people.” said Mr. Misseri, “Whether a trained therapy dog or a purring lap cat, the emotional connection can become a foundation of trust.”

According to, animals draw out even the most isolated personality, and having to praise the animals helps traumatized veterans overcome emotional numbness. Teaching the dog’s service commands develops a persons ability to communicate, to be assertive but not aggressive, a distinction some struggle with. The dogs can also assuage the hyper vigilance common in vets with PTSD. Some participants report they finally got some sleep knowing that a naturally alert soul was standing watch.

Researchers have found evidence that bonding with dogs has biological effects, such as elevated levels of the hormone oxytocin which improves trust, and the overcoming of paranoia and other pro-social effects.

Paws of War…because heroes deserve heroes.

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The membership of Guardians of Rescue is comprised of men and women from a multitude of backgrounds, who share in a love for animals and an appreciation of the special role they play in our lives. Our members bring with them a wide array of skills and experiences with which to contribute to our common goal of helping animals and people.