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 $6.9 million in 2016, which allowed us to pair 73 Warriors with service dogs. That’s 146 lives saved because of each person’s contribution! To reach this incredible goal our proud supporters hosted 205 community events, sponsored 73 dogs, and contributed to K9s events like First Coast News Telethon and #GivingTuesday. In addition, more than 700 supporters pledged their continued 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: 386
  • Re-certification: 90% of graduates re-certify their dog’s training on a regular basis
  • Dogs Rescued: 256 dog rescued in 2016, and visited 63 dog shelters; Over 815 dogs have been rescued since 2011
    In 2016, K9s For Warriors found forever homes for 82 dogs who did not make the program
  • Donations: 20,417 donations processed in 2016, totaling more than $6.9 million!
  • Volunteers: For the year 2016, 1227 volunteers had worked 27,781 hours valued at over $400,000
    Over 1,300 have supported K9s For Warriors in various efforts including events, puppy raisers and/or fosters, and assisting in administrative duties.
  • Community Events: 205 community events were held across the United States in 2016


  • Voted by Jacksonville, Fl. Magazine FOLIO for best nonprofit volunteer participation 2012, 2013
  • Great Non Profits Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Jacksonville Business Journal BizTech Award for Best Use of Social Media 2015
  • Outstanding Veteran Employer 2016 by VetJob Awards
  • Pet Age Magazine Forty Under 40 Award Winner 2016
  • GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency
  • Combined Federal Campaign #82286
  • Florida Association of Nonprofits Salute to Veterans Award 2016
  • Seal of Transparency from Excellence in Giving, Nonprofit Analytics
  • Pearls of Leadership EVE Award for K9s For Warriors Founder, Shari Duval
  • 50 Game Changers in PR awarded to K9s For Warriors Chief Marketing Officer, Tahoma Guiry
  • Accredited by The Patriots Initiative
  • 2017 winner of The Telly Awards for our PSA "Still There" produced by TigerLily Media

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. -James & Burnside, August 2016

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