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, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma. Our program is unique, comprehensive, and proven thanks to research by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. We provide each warrior with a service canine, equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and a life-time of wrap-around services. In essence, we don’t just give each of our warriors a service dog, we give them the K9s Family.

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 $13 million in 2018, which allowed us to pair 122 Warriors with service dogs. That’s 244 lives saved because of each person’s contribution! With your support, at the end of 2018 we surpassed 500 warrior graduates. To reach this incredible goal our proud supporters hosted 165 community events and contributed to K9s through events such as our Veterans Day telethon, raising $372,000 in one day. In addition, more than 799 supporters pledged their continued support through our 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.

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Quick Facts

  • Founded: March 2011
  • Graduates to Date: 630
  • Re-certification: 90% of graduates re-certify their dog’s training on a regular basis.
  • Dogs Rescued: Over 1,000 dogs have been rescued since 2011.
  • Volunteers: In 2018, our volunteers worked 308,872 hours. Volunteers have also opened their homes to raise 33 puppies, and 18 dogs were acquired through the prison program.
  • Community Events: 165 community events were held across the United States in 2018.
  • 2011-2018 Branches Served: ​
  • Army: 341
  • Coast Guard: 3
  • Marine Corps: 71
  • Air Force: 37
  • Navy: 56


  • 2020 recognized as a nonprofit whose impact of work is transforming the future of its Region with the potential to transform Florida as a whole with the Florida Impact Award
  • 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar
  • 2019 named as a top charity by the Better Business Bureau Giving Alliance
  • 2019 recognized as a Bold City Best, a Jacksonville community award
  • 2019 MarCom Award in four categories:
    • Honorable Mention - Puppy Raiser’s Reference Manual (Print Media|Employee Publication|Manu
    • Platinum Award - UNLEASH: A Capital Campaign (Print Media|Brochure|Nonprofit)
    • Gold Award - RED Friday T-Shirt, (Print Media|Design|T-Shirt
    • Honorable Mention - Shed Your Birthday Light on the Darkness of Suicide (Digital Media|Web Element|Blog Single Post)
  • 2019 Charity Navigator 4-star award
  • 2019 Certified Transparent Seal by Excellence in Giving
  • 2019 & 2018 Seal of Transparency from Excellence in Giving, Nonprofit Analytics
  • 2018 Pearls of Leadership EVE Award for K9s For Warriors Founder, Shari Duval
  • 2017 accredited by The Patriots Initiative
  • 2017 winner of The Telly Awards for our PSA "Still There" produced by TigerLily Media
  • 2016 Outstanding Veteran Employer by VetJob Awards
  • 2015 Jacksonville Business Journal BizTech Award for Best Use of Social Media
  • GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency
  • 2016 Florida Association of Nonprofits Salute to Veterans Award 
  • Voted by Jacksonville Magazine FOLIO for best nonprofit volunteer participation 2012, 2013
  • Great Non Profits Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

"I believe my love for Shai will motivate me to keep moving forward. Shai can sense my anxiety before I can, which has allowed me to stay ahead of major episodes and take control of the situation before it spins out of control. Once I met Shai, I felt a softness and warmth in me that I hadn't felt in a long time. He has been a saving grace to me. I will never be who I once was before my PTSD, but knowing he will always be by my side I am confident that I will find new ways to heal.” -Damian & Shai – June 2019

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