We are looking for a home base for PTSD Dogs Australia, a veteran owned not-for-profit charity that rescues displaced and unwanted dogs and trains them to assist military and first responder veterans living with PTSD and other injuries.
The average cost to train an assistance dog is $40,000 as reported in NDIS research, however, veterans accepted into the program receive their dog free of charge. As a result, PTSD Dogs Australia relies on grants, donations and in-kind services to achieve their goals.
RAAF veteran Roger Weeks and his wife Angie founded the organization in 2018, running it from homes they have rented on the Sunshine Coast. Securing a permanent location will provide stability for the growing program, which has been garnering national recognition.
A permanent HQ will allow us more space to work with rescue dogs, train volunteers and to house veterans as they learn to work with their new rescue dogs. As we gain media attention, our applicant list grows and having a permanent home for PTSD Dogs Australia will allow us to better meet that demand.
Our ultimate headquarters will;
Be set on a small acreage property between Brisbane and Cooroy (Sunshine Coast) with easy access to the highway. It will have a main dwelling for caretaker / managers who will live on the property, so they have 24/7 access to animals housed on the property. Eventually a few small units will be constructed or placed on the property to accommodate handlers while they undergo intensive training with their dogs. A large all-weather training arena will also be constructed to facilitate group training in all weather conditions.
The Sunshine Coast is seen to be the ideal location due to ease of access from anywhere in Australia and the temperate climate which allows for year round training in relatively comfortable conditions.
Benefits to the greater community;
Once fully established, whilst we try as much as possible to use volunteers, the charity will be employing qualified trainers and other staff in the future.
The supply of fully trained assistance dogs to our first responder and military personnel has been shown to reduce suicide rates and the reliance on medications.
Future accommodation units could be used as temporary housing for homeless veterans.
Benefits to Queensland;
Our ultimate goal is to be Australia’s leading training and support organisation for PTSD assistance dogs. We would be proud to call Queensland our home with our national headquarters and training facility based here. We already have trainers in Perth and Melbourne but they report back to and train here on the Sunshine Coast, their role is to provide support training to handlers in their areas.