Providing Service Dogs to Military Veterans

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to Military Veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Our program is unique, and no other organization operates quite like K9s For Warriors. Every warrior that walks through the door is family. We provide them with a service canine, equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and life-time of wrap-around services (including available life-long healthcare and food for their dogs).

The K9s program is 100% free for the veteran. We have our warriors’ backs.

Accomplishments / History

K9s For Warriors was able to raise more than $5.5 million in 2015, which allowed us to pair 51 Warriors with service dogs. That’s 102 lives saved because of each person’s contribution! To reach this incredible goal, our proud supporters hosted 115 community events, sponsored 84 dogs, and attended K9s events like our DC Gala and First Coast News Telethon. In addition, more than 400 supporters pledged their support through our brand-new Guard Dog program, which addresses the veteran suicide issue that plagues our country. Our Guard Dogs are donating $22 or more per month to sustain the life-saving programs provided by K9s For Warriors.

Quick Facts

  • Founded: March 2011
  • Graduates to Date: 272
  • Re-certification: 90% of graduates re-certify their dog’s training on a regular basis
  • Dogs Rescued: 64 in 2015; Over 500 rescued since 2011
    **As of December 16th, we have evaluated and rescued 188 dogs since the beginning of 2016
  • Donations: $5.5 million raised in 2015
  • Volunteers: 48 Kennel Enrichment volunteers serve more than 96 hours each week.
    Over 1,300 have supported K9s For Warriors in various efforts including events, puppy raisers and/or fosters, and assisting in administrative duties.

 

Awards:
  • Voted by Jacksonville, Fl. Magazine FOLIO for best nonprofit volunteer participation 2012, 2013
  • Great Non Profits Award Winner 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Outstanding Veteran Employer 2016 by VetJob Awards
  • GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency
  • Combined Federal Campaign #82286
  • Florida Association of Nonprofits Salute to Veterans Award 2016

I found the program through the NJ State Police and Troopers Assisting Troops where I met K9s For Warriors founder, Shari Duval.  I had attempted suicide a few months prior and Troopers recommended I call Shari and get a service dog.  My dog Bernie has given me the security to leave my comfort zone.  Going through the program has given me piece of mind, and Bernie helps to mitigate my PTSD and Operational Stress. -Josh & Burnside, August 2016