Hearts 4 Heroes | United States
Providing Animal Assisted Therapy Programs for Veterans
and Active-Duty Military
Military Veteran or Supporter? Animal Lover? Choose your focus below and learn how we help.
How we help veterans
Programs providing support through animal interaction and communication.
How we help animals
Outlet for "end of the
line" dogs and horses
that have been
abandoned or re-purposed.
We provide FREE programs that introduce Active-Duty / Military Veterans to horses and dogs who are in need – a bond of mutual support is established.
If you are interested in H4HUS programs, email us at info@H4HUS.org for more information
Individuals have one-on-one experiences with dogs
Enrollment: Canine Handling,
Equine EAGALA, Therapeutic
Driving and/or Riding
Results are reviewed and continued participation is discussed
We provide an outlet for “end of the line” Dogs - removing them from kill shelters. We take in Horses that have been abandoned or re-purposed. We introduce these Animals to our Veterans.
Animals are evaluated by
professional trainers to insure
physical and emotional safety.
Animals are matched with a training
specialist to educate, desensitize and
re-train for participation.
Animal programs are conducted
in a physically and emotionally
Upon program completion, the
animals are given “R&R” in prep
for future programs.
H4HUS is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. In the effort to provide resources and support to those we serve, your financial consideration would be much appreciated. Please explore the below.
Programs are individually tailored. Select a question below and be introduced to the organizational process.
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FAQ’S – Animal Supporter
Can I donate to sponsor a horse or dog?
Absolutely. Choose a photo on our website of the animal you would like to sponsor. Annual sponsorship is $600 per year or $50 per month. Funds go directly to care of the chosen animal working in our programs. We are a 501c(3) organization and tax deductions are maximized according to IRS statutes.
Where do Horses used in the H4HUS programs come from?
Horses used in H4HUS programs arrive from a variety of locations. Many of them are rescues needing rehabilitation and fitness before being able to participate. Some are retired race horses from the harness racing or thoroughbred racing world. A few of these horses were in need of homes due to owner death, owner re-location, or they were retired from a professional career.
How are horses maintained?
Horses are fed and stalled with lots of turnout in herds. In addition, horses are exercised and worked on the ground regularly to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing required for H4HUS programs. Horseshoers (farriers), veterinarians, and dentists treat conditions as needed. Barn captains maintain records of emotional shifts or physical unsoundness to ensure the horse is in good shape when participating in programs.
How are dogs maintained?
Dogs are kenneled and worked every day the veteran curriculum is not running. A competent kennel staff maintains the cleanliness of the kennels, appropriate feeding schedules, and exercise to keep the dogs physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
How does H4HUS know horses are safe?
Equines entering our programs complete an evaluation qualified Equine Professionals. Many of them are rescue horses or horses in need of a second career after a professional life. A plan is created to re-educate, desensitize, re-train, and create physical and emotional strength within the horse to be able to provide safety while working in a herd, completing driving exercises, or mounted work.
FAQ’S – Military Veteran
How are veteran programs funded?
Individuals and corporations privately fund our programs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and tax deductions are maximized according to IRS statutes.
Do veterans have to speak about feelings?
H4HUS has a mental health practitioner on site at all times in case something comes up a veteran would like to discuss, however, tasks and sessions are built around problem solving and working through tasks individually or part of a group without required discussion of feelings.
How do canine programs help veterans?
Using trained dogs, veterans are able to complete obedience testing, obstacle courses, and confidence building tasks. Being able to give a command to a trained dog empowers the veteran to know they are heard and listened to while accomplishing tasks and solving problems. The ability to trust the canine partner empowers the relationship building skills of the veteran, transferring over to life.
How do equine programs help veterans?
We use problem solving task-oriented programs with horses, while the horses remain completely free in their environment (i.e. in a ring facility or indoor arena).
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