K9s For Warriors Unveils New Logo to Commemorate 10-Year Anniversary

Organization Committed to Establishing Infrastructure to Enable the Pairing of More Service Dogs with Veterans

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. (March 30, 2021) – K9s For Warriors is commemorating its 10th anniversary today by introducing a new logo, following initial approval as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization on March 30, 2011. Shari Duval, founder of K9s For Warriors (who last month lost her battle with cancer), envisioned a lifesaving endeavor that could heal the invisible wounds of veterans returning home with symptoms of PTSD.

Bringing a Vision to Reality: In the decade since, the organization transitioned from its Roscoe Road location to an ever-expanding national headquarters and has become the largest provider of Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. Complementing its Ponte Vedra campus, additional K9s For Warriors operation facilities include the Gold Family Campus (Alachua, Fla.), Petco Love K9 Center (currently being constructed in San Antonio, Texas), along with a Northeast Florida mega kennel, which the organization plans to break ground on in May.

“As we transition to our new logo and celebrate 10 years as an organization – like Shari a decade ago – we have our sights set on the future impact we can make on veterans and dogs alike,” said Rory Diamond, CEO, K9s For Warriors. “From our Petco Love K9 Center in San Antonio to our plans for a Northeast Florida mega kennel, we’re committed to building an infrastructure that lets us pair more Service Dogs with veterans.”

Inspiration Behind the Logo: Through the introduction of its new logo, K9s For Warriors aims to pay tribute to its origin and impact as an organization to-date, while also forging ahead with an identity that reflects its aspirations to reach more veterans and rescue dogs.

  • K9s Silhouette: utilizing negative space to represent a dog’s head in place of the number nine, the primary focus of the new logo is intended to reflect the incredible impact that a Service Dog can bring to veterans suffering from invisible wounds, such as PTSD
  • Left Star: symbolizes K9s For Warriors’ more than 650 Warrior graduates who have been paired with trained Service Dogs
  • Right Star: represents the nearly 1,300 dogs to-date rescued by K9s For Warriors
  • Middle Star: the largest, signifies the commitment to helping future Warriors and Service Dogs
  • Stripes: denotes K9s For Warriors’ dedication to the service members who protect the United States and its freedoms

Through the growth and development K9s For Warriors has experienced over the past decade, the mission has been constant, and a clear focus remains: to make a lifechanging impact on the lives of veterans and rescue dogs. As the organization celebrates its 10-year milestone with a vision for the future, below are a few milestones K9s For Warriors has achieved over the past decade:

March 30, 2011

Founder Shari Duval earns K9s For Warriors official status as a 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization

September 2011

Daniel (Navy veteran) receives Sarge, becoming first Warrior/Service Dog team to graduate from K9s For Warriors program

April 2014

Groundbreaking officially begins on Camp K9, originally a 17,000 square foot facility (home of current national headquarters)

January 2015

K9s For Warriors receives full accreditation from Assistance Dogs International

May 2015

K9s begins partnership with Purdue University; paves way for several research studies on Service Dogs’ ability to mitigate PTSD

July 2015

Camp K9 (nine acres) officially opens; organization graduates first class of veterans from new facility

February 2016

Groundbreaking begins on second kennel (27 dog capacity)

March 2016

K9s For Warriors celebrates five years as a nonprofit organization

April 2017

Organization sees 300th Warrior/Service Dog team graduate

February 2018

Gold Family Campus opens in Alachua, Fla., a 67-acre property that can be utilized as a second training location

December 2018

K9s earns four Emmy Awards for “A New Leash on Life,” (Amazon Prime / DNA Films) featuring K9s veteran/Service Dog teams

January 2019

K9s kicks off partnership with Petco to build “Petco Love K9 Center,” a training and rescue facility in San Antonio, Texas

January 2019

K9s breaks ground on Chartrand Family Warrior Resource Center, a two-story residential training facility on Ponte Vedra campus

August 2019

Davis & Osteen Families PARC Group K9s Training Center opens in Ponte Vedra (also includes canine wellness/vet resources)

October 2019

K9s announces plans to expand footprint in Northeast Florida with additional 5.5 acres of land for new mega kennel

January 2020

Organization sees 600th Warrior/Service Dog team graduate

December 2020

K9s renames Ponte Vedra campus to “Shari Duval K9s For Warriors National Headquarters”

March 30, 2021

Organization’s 10-year anniversary since official designation as a 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization.

 

K9s For Warriors – “By the Numbers”

658 – Veterans who have graduated from K9s For Warriors’ program

1,290 – Dogs who have been rescued by K9s For Warriors

21 – Days, accounting for the duration of the Warrior training program, from arrival through graduation alongside their Service Dog

42 – Average age of veterans when arriving to take part in K9s For Warriors’ program

46 – States (along with Washington D.C., Puerto Rico & Guam) where Warrior/K9 teams reside

92 – Percentage of Warrior graduates who report a reduction in medication upon being paired with a Service Dog

300+ – Veterans scheduled (in the next three years) to take part in K9s For Warriors’ program and be paired with a Service Dog

5,000 – Square footage of building space at Petco Love K9 Center in San Antonio, Texas

27,000 – Square footage of building space at K9s For Warriors National Headquarters in Ponte Vedra, Fla.