The original concept and founding mission of Hounds for Heroes was the brain child and vision of Royal Navy Veteran Allen Parton.
From his own experience of having suffered a traumatic head injury whilst on active duty, sustained in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War and his subsequent partnering with his first life enhancing, life changing assistance dog.
Having been the face of the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal, where it was known and widely publicised, that there were over 900,000 injured and disabled service men and women in the UK. Allen felt there was an urgent need for a bespoke and dedicated assistance dog school that was purely focused on serving the disabled and injured armed services veteran community, which led to Hounds for Heroes being established in 2010. This concept and mission was later expanded to include those services personnel injured and disabled in the frontline UK emergency services, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and HM Coastguard.
With the support of a strong trustee council, dedicated staff and incredibly willing volunteers the charity has evolved over the years into the organisation that presents today.