Our Story Continued…

In 2008, Brooke, her husband Joe, and brother, Keller, banded together to form Mutts With A Mission in order to provide highly skilled Service Dogs utilizing "unwanted" dogs from shelters and rescues.

In 2011, Mutts with a Mission moved from Maine to the Central Virginia area. Knowing from previous experience that owner-trained dogs can be very successful and wanting to get away from the traditional 2+ year waiting lists, Mutts With A Mission shifted focus from program-trained dogs to owner-trained dogs. Our owner-trained dogs meet the same requirement our program-trained dogs do so there is no reason to expect anything but the best from our owner-trained teams. 

We strive to ensure that all of our Service Dog teams are exceptionally high quality and our handlers have the knowledge they need to operate as a fully functional Service Dog team. We provide ongoing support to our teams throughout the working life of their Service Dog and when retirement looms on the horizon, we help select and train the  perfect "replacement" Service Dog for them. 

We realize that there is another group who also serves our country tirelessly and suffers greatly from PTSD...our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, and Federal Agents. Sadly, studies show an increase in the number of suicides in these professions, placing their rate just behind that of Veterans. Because we know that our Service Dogs make a difference in the lives of our Veterans and Wounded Warriors, in 2019 we opened our program to the heroes at home too. Law Enforcement, First Responders and Federal Agents can now qualify for a Service Dog with Mutts with a Mission if they have a line of duty disability.

We are proud to be “serving those who keep us free” both at home and around the world.