Animal Project

We provide military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTS(D), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Anxiety and Depression a means to heal through; Therapy, Emotional Support, Service Dogs & our Equine Buddies Program. All of our services are provided at NO CHARGE to our Military Veterans.

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Military Animal Project (MAP) has a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of many of our Nation’s Warriors through the use of animal services/support.   

Whenever possible, MAP works with animal rescue organizations and local shelters, professionally training and pairing dogs with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTS(D), Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI, Depression and Anxiety who could benefit from an Emotional Support Dog or Psychiatric Service Dog.  Our goal – “Healing Vets, Saving Shelter Pets”.   

In addition, we offer our Equine Buddies Program (EBP).  EBP is an intensive onsite confidence building program helping 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 and also in the privacy of their homes.  During our Equine Buddies Program, Certified Therapy Dogs are also on sight to assist the Veterans.  With a dedicated volunteer team, MAP is changing the lives of animals and veterans, one match at a time. 

Healing Those Who Have Served. 

Why Do We Say PTS(D)?

Bob Horrell is a Vietnam Navy Veteran and Co-Founder, Director of Operations, of Military Animal Project. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Memorial Day Event, “Lest We Forget” in Camarillo, CA. Bob explains why he doesn’t use the “D” word when discussing Combat PTS(D). This video is helpful not only for Combat Veterans but for their surrounding family and friends. Through the eyes and experience of a fellow Combat Veteran, this video explains what the returning Veteran is going through and how they can help them in their transition back to civilian life.


“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.”

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