Frequently Asked Questions

About K9s For Warriors

Why Service Dogs?
An estimated 20 veterans die by suicide daily.  In most cases, medication and talk therapy have proven to be insufficient in helping manage PTSD symptoms. Veterans coming into our program are on an average of 10-14 prescription medications. After training with their service dog, 92% reduce or eliminate medication use.

As of 2018, there is now scientific data proving our service dogs work. We partnered with Purdue University to be research subjects in two studies conducted that found evidence that has never before been published.  You can read about that research on our blog, and in Purdue University’s press release on the topic.

Service animals are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. You can read the ADA's brief description of Service Animal Rights here.

Is K9s For Warriors a nonprofit?
Yes, K9s For Warriors is a nonprofit organization located on Ponte Vedra, Florida.  K9s For Warriors is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Employer Tax ID number is 27-5219467

Where is K9s For Warriors located?
K9s For Warriors has two facilities: the headquarters is located in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  Our newest facility, opened in 2018, is near Gainesville, Florida.  Each campus is open to veterans across the United States.

What are your credentials?

Accredited member of Assistance Dogs International

Member of the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans

Guidestar Platinum Rated Charity

Great Nonprofits Charity

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #82286

BBB Wise Giving Accredited Charity

Excellence in Giving Transparent Charity

The Patriots Initiative Accredited Veterans Charity

About Our Program: Warriors & Service Dogs

How Does the Training Program Work?
Each month, a cohort of 10-12 veterans arrives at our headquarters for a three-week, in-house training program at no cost to them.  K9s For Warriors provides a trained service canine, housing, all meals, equipment, veterinary care, and 120 hours of training in a family-type atmosphere that provides essential peer-to-peer support. The service canine is already trained when it is paired with the veteran. The three-week training period is to teach the veteran how to use his/her new service dog, and to facilitate the bonding necessary for the two to be a successful team.

The program includes public access testing, service canine equipment, seminars, veterinary care, meals, and housing.

What kind of assistance dogs does K9s For Warriors train and provide?
We provide service dogs trained to perform tasks to mitigate a disability. K9s For Warriors is an accredited program by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and upholds the highest standards for service dog training for military veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or military sexual trauma (MST).

Who is eligible to apply for the program?
K9s For Warriors provides for veterans who became disabled while serving our country on or after 9/11/01.  Applicants must have a verified clinical diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, or MST to qualify for our program.  At this time, K9s For Warriors does not provide service dogs to individuals who are legally blind or hearing impaired.

What is the application process?
Once a warrior submits an application it can take 2-4 weeks to be fully processed.  The Warrior Relations team will go through the application, perform a background check, and conduct a phone interview with the veteran applicant to learn more about his/her disbility(ies), home and work environment, personality, and family.  This information allows K9s For Warriors to train and provide the best dog suitable for each warrior's needs.  Once accepted into the program, a warrior is scheduled for a class date and paired with a peer mentor who is a graduate of the program.  Our team remains in constant communication with veterans on the waitlist to answer any questions, provide emotional support, as well as assist with travel to and from K9s For Warriors.

What happens if I am accepted into the program?
Should you be accepted to attend our academy, you must be able to attend a three-week long residential course in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  Our campuses are dry, and we provide all transportation.

How much does the program cost?
The cost to train and place a service dog is approximately $27,000.  However, there is no cost to veterans to attend training and receive a service dog, other than travel to and from K9s For Warriors.  Alternatively, we have a list of organizations that may be able to help with travel. (You will be responsible for expenses such as souvenirs, tobacco, etc.)

Is there a waitlist?
Yes, at this time the waitlist is about 18 months. However, changes are known to happen that allow applicants to arrive months ahead of their scheduled date. 

What breeds are used in the program?
Our dogs are rescued from shelters and donated by the public; we do not use specific breeds. Due to insurance restrictions and state sanctions we are unable to use breeds including Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Chow Chows, Rottweilers and Dalmatians.

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.

If I already have a dog, will you train him/her?
No.

Will I get to pick my dog?
No, all dogs are selected and trained to meet the specific needs of your disability, home and work life.

Will I be able to take my dog into a VA hospital or facility?
Yes.

Donations

Can I mail in my donation?
Yes, we gratefully accept donations via regular mail. Please mail your donations to:

K9s For Warriors
PO Box 865431
Orlando, FL 32886-5431

If I make a donation, how will my money be used?
In 2017, 84% of all donations went to support our programs for veterans and rescue dogs.

Is my contribution deductible?
Contributions made to K9s For Warriors are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.

Monthly Giving made Easy - Become a Guard Dog
Please consider a monthly gift of $22 or more to help sustain the live-saving programs provided to veterans with PTSD. Signing up is easy! Click the ‘Donate Now’ button at the top-right corner of your screen and select "Monthly." Then, a donation page will load. Next, you can select your preferred gift amount such as $22 or more which indicates you would like your gift to be processed each month. Then, simply complete the form. Once the form is submitted, your monthly gift will be processed automatically with the credit card information you have provided.

You can sign up to be a Guard Dog here!

 

When will my credit card first be charged?
Your first gift will be charged immediately when you give your donation online. Subsequent gifts will be charged on the same day each month as the day you enrolled (i.e., if signed up on the 6th, it will continue to be charged on the 6th), or next closest business date. Monthly sustaining gift requests received by mail or phone will be processed 24 - 48 business hours after receipt.

Will I receive verification of my donations for tax purposes?
Each month after your donation is processed, you will receive an email with your donation receipt attached. Please print or save these emails and attachment as your gift substantiation. If you don’t see these notifications in your email Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folders. At the end of year you will receive an annual statement indicating your total gift amount for monthly contributions.

Phone or mailed donations of $10 or more receive a letter with your donation receipt included. Please retain as your gift substantiation.

How do I stop or change my recurring donation? 
You remain in control of your giving. Please contact Donor Services via email at donorservices@k9sforwarriors.org, or call 904-686-1956 ext. 133. The Donor Services team is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST, excluding holidays.

A cancellation request will be honored the same month as received, provided notification was received prior to the monthly charge. 

What do donors receive for their gifts?
In addition to knowing that you have made a difference in the life of a veteran and a rescue dog, donors of different levels receive different "thank you" gifts.  For example, Guard Dogs (monthly donors) will receive a K9s For Warriors garden flag and an exclusive mailer showing how those gifts impact veterans and rescue dogs.  Please ask our donor services team for details about other ways we thank our donors: 904-686-1956.

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How do I join your mailing list?
If you wish to be added to our mailing list, you can input your email on the top right of your screen, or call us at 1-904-686-1956 ext. 133 to provide us with your full mailing address. If you wish to be removed from our mailing list, please contact us at the number below with the exact name and address as it appears on the mailing you received. Or, you may return the mailing with your request to be removed. Without a name and full mailing address, we will not be able to honor your request. As our mailings are planned months in advance, please allow 4 - 6 weeks to be added or removed. Thank you.

K9s For Warriors
114 Camp K9 Road
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Call: 1-904-686-1956 ext. 133
Email: info@k9sforwarriors.org

 

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