“Unfortunately, it is a long-held belief in our society that post-traumatic stress is a disorder. At OAE we are working hard to stop the stigma associated with trauma and invisible wounds through outreach and community events. With proper treatment and intervention, injuries can heal.”
-Joni Bonilla, Founder, Operation At Ease
Empowering Through Service Dogs
Operation At Ease helps veterans and first responders train their own service dog to help treat lingering effects from PTS. Obedience skills and task training are held in small group classes of two to four teams to ensure optimal learning through one on one instruction. We also work throughout the Capital District making sure our teams know the proper way to utilize the tasks taught in real life situations; as well as have the confidence, knowledge and ability to advocate for themselves when needed. Classes are held at our training facility in Rotterdam, NY and run once a week for a period of eight months.
At the completion of our program the dogs and their handlers have been tested two times through the American Kennel Club and have passed their public access test. While under the Americans With Disabilities Act service dogs are not required to be licensed, registered or certified through any organization we feel strongly that it is our obligation to make sure we provide quality instruction and uphold the integrity of what a service dog is. Behavioral support is available for the life of the dog at no charge.
We look forward to serving those who have served our country and our community.