Biden Signs PAWS for Veterans Act

President Biden has signed into law House Bill 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Act, which directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a program to provide canine training to eligible veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans who participate in the pilot program may adopt a dog they assisted in training if their health care provider agrees it is in the best interest of the veteran. The law also forbids the use of shock collars or prong collars as canine training tools and mandates the use of positive reinforcement training techniques.