K9s For Warriors is pleased to say the primary source of dogs for our service dog training program is rescue animals. We obtain dogs from shelters, rescue organizations, private donors, and area breeders.
When a dog is first brought to our attention, we learn as much as we can over the phone: vitals, history, sociability with people and other animals, etc. Then, one of our K9 Trainers will evaluate the dog in person for a hands-on assessment of the dog’s personality, sociability, obedience knowledge, food or treat motivation, and train-ability. Dogs showing any signs of aggression or severe anxiety are immediately declined. In addition, all potential K9 candidates are subject to a 96-hour, in-house evaluation. Should the dog be deemed unfit for our program, the donor would obtain ownership.
Below are the physical requirements for a dog to enter our program:
- Between 8 weeks and 2 years of age
- Minimum weight of 50lbs
- Minimum height of 24" at the shoulder
- Spayed/neutered (if not a puppy)
- Heartworm negative
Please keep in mind that K9s For Warriors cannot accept the following breeds due to insurance liability:
- Doberman Pinchers
- Pit Bulls
- Chow Chows
- Giant breeds such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Great Pyrenees, and Cane Corsos
We will consider mixes of these breeds so long as their commonly negative traits are not predominant. Although we must turn away these breeds for our mission, we fully support and encourage the rescue and adoption of all homeless animals!
K9s For Warriors is located in Ponte Vedra, Florida and has limited transport ability. If the dog you wish to donate is located outside of the state of Florida we may not be able to accept the dog. However, our team is happy to discuss transport options.