Meet the Board



I am a Royal Marine Veteran with personal experience of living with PTSD.

I suffered a breakdown in February 2019 and was signed off from work. My rescue dog, Sam, who was a bit of a handful when I got him but has turned out to be an amazing dog, looked into my eyes and gave me a reaction that I'd never seen before.

I wanted people to feel the same emotions I feel when I am with my dogs, and benefit from their healing powers as I have, so in September 2020 I formed A Veteran's Best Friend.  We are staffed entirely by volunteers and rely completely on donations - with your help we can start training our Assistance dogs and veterans in 2021.





Mick Cairns - Chair


A Veteran's Best Friend

Assistance Dogs for Veterans

Promoting Mental Health

Rehoming Rescue Dogs

Raising Awareness

Challenging Stigma

Working Together

 Apply for an Assistance Dog Here
For anything else, Contact Us Here
- We would love to hear from you



            Phone: 07721 002757

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A Veteran's Best Friend

Registered Office: 69 Broad Street, Cowdenbeath, Fife  KY4 8JP