Warrior Canine Connection supports active duty Service Members and Veterans recovering from both the visible and hidden wounds of war. We accomplish our mission by raising and training highly skilled assistance dogs for Veterans with disabilities, and by providing our unique service dog training program called Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR). MBTR involves engaging Service Members and Veterans in the therapeutic mission of helping to train our future service dogs for a fellow Veteran. We provide our programs and services in several locations across the country, including Maryland, North Carolina, Colorado, and California.
WCC Healing Quarters, Boyds, Maryland
Warrior Canine Connection’s national headquarters is our Healing Quarters facility in Boyds, Maryland. The Healing Quarters is located on approximately 80 acres within the bucolic setting of Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, Maryland. The site, a former dairy farm that supplied milk for troops in the National Capital Region during World War II, provides ample training, exercise and play space for WCC dogs. The park-like setting allows WCC staff, clients, and volunteers to work in a beautiful natural setting, with multiple fenced yards, a large grassy coral where dogs are exercised and trained, and a dedicated space for whelping and puppy care. Local Puppy Parents attend classes at the Healing Quarters; we provide MBTR programming; and our administrative offices are located onsite. All of WCC’s programs and services, including MBTR and dog placement, are provided at no cost to Veterans and their families. WCC is currently working to secure funding for additional buildings at the Healing Quarters, which will significantly increase our training and administrative space, and allow WCC to serve even more Veterans.
In addition to the Healing Quarters, WCC provides its MBTR services at several different military medical treatment facilities, at community-based program sites, and through VA-sponsored Veterans Treatment Court programs across the country. Each program site is staffed with highly-skilled professional service dog training instructors and multiple service dogs in training that will eventually provide years of mobility and social support to Veterans with disabilities. Our current program delivery sites include:
- Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court, Baltimore
- National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda
- The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, Silver Spring
- Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Menlo Park
- Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Palo Alto
- San Francisco Veterans Treatment Court, San Francisco
- San Mateo Country Superior Court, Redwood City
- Stanford University, Stanford
- Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco
- Marcus Institute for Brain Health, Aurora Learn more here.
- Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, Asheville
Affiliate Program – Assistance Dogs of the West, New Mexico
Assistance Dogs of the West partnered with Warrior Canine Connection in 2014 and began offering its group community-based service dog training program first with Veterans Court, with the Second Judicial District in Santa Fe (Bernalillo County, N.M.). ADW also offers WCC’s Mission Based Trauma Recovery training model to both justice-involved as well as non-justice-involved Veterans at its headquarters in Santa Fe and in the rural northern New Mexico town of Taos. Learn more here.