Embrace A Vet Events

Events Planned for 2017

Paws for Peace
A Service Dog Training Program

For Maine Veterans with PTS(D)/TBI
Service dogs help mitigate symptoms and alleviate some of the challenges of day to day functioning.

Classes are held throughout the year. Apply today!

Past Events

SoPo MAINEiacs 3rd Annual 5K Fundraiser
September 16, 2017

Spaghetti Supper Fund Raiser for Embrace A Vet

Saturday, 27 May 2017, East Orrington, Maine


Thank you to Mike Wedge and his service dog, Sis, for organizing and hosting a wonderful spaghetti supper
at the East Orrington Congregational Church.
The proceeds raised will all go to the Paws for Peace program, to help another veteran obtain a service dog.


Paws for Peace Graduation

Friday, 26 May 2017

Four teams of a veteran and a service dog graduated with flying colors and earned their certification at the completion of a sixteen week
Service Dog Training Program.  Our congratulations to all four veteran/service dog teams for their accomplishments.

Shown above are the veteran/service dog teams, volunteer mentors and trainers.



Healing and Wellness Retreat
Camp Kieve, Nobleboro, Maine — November 10-14, 2016

Staff and participants enjoying our final evening at EAV retreat

Staff and participants enjoying our final evening at EAV retreat


First Annual Dustin Paul Memorial Event
was held October 15 and 16


Deborah Farnham, Embrace A Vet Board President (left), and her husband, John, attended this event. In addition,  Amy Burns (right), a veteran who attended our retreat and has gone through our service dog program, along with her rescue dog Mac attended this fun and very meaningful event Sunday at Old Orchard Beach High School.  It was the 1st Annual Dustin Paul Memorial Benefit, 22 Push Up, 22 Lap Challenge.  Dustin was an Army veteran who committed suicide in August.  He was just 26 years old.  The event was organized by Kelly Greene, Dustin’s aunt.  It was a beautiful day to be out on the high school track for over 60 family members, Army buddies, friends and supporters, doing 22 laps and 22 push ups in Dustin’s memory and to raise funds for Embrace A Vet’s programs. Kelly used the number 22 to represent the number of veteran suicides committed everyday, nationally.

Service Dog Graduation in Orono!

Orono Graduates Aug 2016

On August 23, 2016, after many weeks of attending weekly classes and many hours of training practice held at home, 4 veteran/dog teams earned their Service Dog Certification through our trainers North Edge K9. The testing took place at Home Depot in Bangor and was followed by a graduation celebration at the student union on the campus of University of Maine at Orono. During the 4 months of training these veterans reported diminishing symptoms of PTS/TBI such as a marked reduction in their level of anger which has promoted closer relationship with family members, the ability to go to the Old Port in Portland and walk the crowded sidewalks, enter shops and eat in a restaurant as a result of the security felt by having their service dog with them. Others reported feeling better because their service dog was trained to ring a bell to remind the veteran to take morning medications. The service dogs were also taught to respond to the veterans’ anxiety attacks, anger, sadness or frustration by soothing the vet with leaning, pawing and/or nuzzling their veteran. Congratulations to these veterans for their hard work and determination in successfully completing this course. They will be wonderful ambassadors of Embrace A Vet’s Paws for Peace program, North Edge K9 and the entire service dog industry.

David, his dog Twist and Trainers from North Edge K9 at the completion of an earlier Paws for Peace class.