With over 46,000 veterans living in Ventura County and an estimated 6,500 active members at Naval Base Ventura County, Military Animal Project (MAP) has a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of many of our nation’s heroes. Whenever possible, MAP works with animal rescue organizations and local shelters, such as Ventura County Animal Services, the Agoura Animal Shelter, and the LA County Department of Animal Care & Control to rescue, professionally train and pair dogs with veterans suffering from PTS(d) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) who could benefit from an Emotional Support Dog (ESD) or Psychiatric Service Dog. In addition, we offer our Equine Buddies Program (EBP). This program is a 3 day on site retreat that helps the Veteran form a close bond with the horse and is an insight on how to earn trust & respect in order to gain leadership qualities. Lastly, we also provide Certified Therapy Dogs that will visit veteran’s, including but not limited to – nursing homes, assisted living, rehabilitation, therapy sessions, hospitals, hospice facilities, Vet Centers, during our Equine Buddies Program and veteran’s in their homes. With a dedicated volunteer team, MAP is changing the lives of animals and veterans, one match at a time. Healing Vets, Saving Shelter Pets. MAP serves the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Woodland Hills.
Healing Those Who Have Served.
“Not only has Thor provided a companion for me, but he has also bonded with our autistic son. I never expected him to react to a pet in the fashion he has, but the love he has for Thor is genuine.”
“Wow, what a journey this has been, one that I couldn’t have predicted had I tried. I’ve never felt that I’ve underestimated an animal as much as she has proven that I have. She has been there when I was at my limits of frustration from the stresses in my life. These were no different than the stressors before, except instead of experiencing these things alone, I now felt like I had the backing of an amazing organization, a powerfully important woman, and a beautiful black dog named Rubi. I can’t thank you all enough for the gift you’ve given me.”
“Mia came into my life and has changed it forever. I am comfortable in crowds to a degree. At night she comforts me with her soft demeanor. She has become the part of my life I have been missing for a while. I feel more at peace when she is with me.”