Endless Story Opportunities

If you're a member of the media in search of a good story, you've come to the right place.  America's VetDogs has amazing stories to tell, and limitless ways to tell them.  Whether you're looking for an uplifting tale with a happy ending, a compelling angle for a story about the transformational power of an assistance dog, an inspiring tale of a veteran with a disability, or a professional expert to give opinions and advice on everything from veterinary care to planned giving, we're happy to be your resource.

Please think of us as a resource for interesting story ideas, for example:

  • Captivating personal stories from people with disabilities with a new sense of enhanced mobility and companionship with their guide or service dog. 
  • Personal experiences from one of our over 1,300 volunteers who devote their time and energy to help us meet our mission. 
  • Interviews with expert guide and service dog instructors who can talk about a unique and meaningful career.
  • What is the appropriate etiquette when interacting with an assistance dog and its handler?

Calendar Hooks - We can help with unique tie-ins to almost any calendar event, for example:

  • Valentine's Day (Our puppy nursery is loaded with furry bundles of love) 
  • Mother's Day/Father's Day (Our breeding program welcomes future assistance dogs into the world year-round) 
  • National Volunteer Week (We have more than 1,300 volunteers with a dozen volunteer job descriptions) 
  • Graduation (We don't save our graduation ceremonies for June – we host them at the end of each 2-week class.)
  • National Service Dog Month, International Guide Dog Day Animal Health Week as well as major veteran holidays.

Since 2003, America’s VetDogs has trained and placed guide, hearing, PTSD, and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras.  In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence.  It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

To learn more, please contact a member of our Communications Team: 

Andrew Rubenstein - Director of Marketing  631-930-9000 ext. 9091
Bill Krol - Communications Manager  631-930-9000 ext. 9034

Press Kit Materials

Our Press Kit includes organization highlights, bios, fact sheets, and information about America's VetDogs.

America’s VetDogs Launches Operation VetDogs

Posted on 5/1/2017
America’s VetDogs and Charlie, TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” Team Up for National Military Appreciation Month - VetDogs Launches Operation VetDogs to Support Veterans with Disabilities

Purina partners with VetDogs for Incredible Dog Challenge

Posted on 4/25/2017
From incredible Jumps to Record-Breaking Dive, Purino Pro Plan Celebrates 20 Years of the Incredible Dog Challenge - Brand Partners with Andy Roddick and America’s VetDogs to Launch “Call for Incredible” Campaign Highlighting Incredible Dog Stories

Long Island Run and Dog Walk Supports VetDogs Programs

Posted on 3/1/2017
Long Island Run & Dog Walk Supports Service Dog Program for Veterans with Disabilities Smithtown, NY (March 1, 2017)—America’s VetDogs is excited to host its Third Annual Long Island Run and Dog Walk on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Proceeds will ben

7th Annual Kent Island Run, Dog Walk & Fun Run

Posted on 2/16/2017
Smithtown, NY (March 1, 2017)—America’s VetDogs is excited to host its Seventh Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk. The event will take place at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Maryland, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Proceeds will ben

Petco Foundation Invests in America’s VetDogs

Posted on 1/17/2017
Petco Foundation Invests in America’s VetDogs Service Dog Program Smithtown, NY (January 17, 2016) - America’s VetDogs, a Smithtown, NY-based service dog organization, today announced it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation t

VetDogs Recognized by Mutual of America

Posted on 11/17/2016
PTSD Service Dog Program Named a Mutual of America 2016 Community Partnership Award Winner Long Island-based Program Pairs Trained Service Dogs with Veterans Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

VetDogs Receives Grant from Reeve Foundation

Posted on 9/6/2016
America's VetDogs Receives $5,000 Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for program Accessibility Projects Smithtown, NY – (September 6, 2016) – America’s VetDogs is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant f

PetSmart® Supports TODAY’s Puppy with a Purpose

Posted on 8/23/2016
PetSmart® Supports NBC’s TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” New Black Lab Puppy Named Charlie through National Online Voting Introduced this Week on the Show, Trained for Next 16 Months by America’s VetDogs to Serve a Military Veteran; PetSmart

TODAY Welcomes New 'Puppy with a Purpose'

Posted on 8/22/2016
TODAY Welcomes New ‘Puppy with a Purpose’ TODAY Teams Up with Nonprofit Organization, America’s VetDogs, to Help Raise Service Dog for Disabled Veteran New Puppy Will Be Introduced Monday, August 22, on NBC’s TODAY NEW YORK – August 22, 2016

Golf Event Supports VetDogs Program

Posted on 8/1/2016
GOLF EVENT SUPPORTS SERVICE DOG PROGRAM America’s VetDogs is pleased to announce its 7th Annual VetDogs Golf Classic (Golf.VetDogs.org) to be held Monday, August 29, at the Huntington Country Club in Huntington, NY. This event assists in deferrin