We Rescue Dogs to Rescue Veterans

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s preeminent veteran service organization providing highly skilled service dogs to post-9/11, disabled American heroes. Our goal is to empower warriors to return to life with dignity and independence.  Preventing suicide attempts and suicidal ideation is our number one objective.  To achieve this, the core of our training is focused on mitigating the symptoms associated with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).

K9s For Warriors provides PTSD service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to those in our program, in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.  Our focus is on healing - helping the veteran and paired service dog build a bond to facilitate healing and recovery.  As the healing takes place, the reintegration to society begins.  Warriors can return to their communities with a new “leash” on life, as productive citizens who make a positive difference. After completing our three-week training program, they have gained the emotional means to repair their relationship with themselves, their families and their friends.

Roughly 90% of our service dogs come from shelters, or are owner-surrendered. Instead of a life of abandonment or euthanasia, they are given a new purpose.  With each graduate pair, we save two lives; we rescue the dog, and the dog rescues the warrior. 

If you’re a post-9/11 veteran in need of a service dog, apply here.

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The staff at K9s For Warriors respects the service of all generations of our military heroes. At this time our program can only assist veterans whose service ended after 9/11. This is due to limited resources and current wait list time to attend our program. However, our team is dedicated to finding support and resources for the generations of pre-9/11 veterans.

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Travis & Westie, September 2017
US ARMY
Travis & Westie
Tyler & Heather, October 2017
USMC
Tyler & Heather
Justin & Nikko, February 2013
US ARMY
Justin & Nikko

If you are a post-9/11 veteran who would like to apply for our program, view the Warrior Application below. If you’re in need of other forms of assistance, visit our Resources page for an extensive list of organizations that support veterans and their families.

The program gave me great tools to use in battling my PTSD in the form of Andy, my awesome new furry buddy. I also gained a new group of brothers that I went through the training with, and we support each other. I plan on continuing to push myself with the help of Andy to go out into public and spread the word about K9s For Warriors. I really feel like helping other veterans find peace will help me find peace. I didn't leave anyone on the battlefield in Iraq, and I will not leave anyone behind now that I am back home. -William & Andy Cooks, April 2016