We Rescue Dogs to Rescue Veterans

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest 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.  That's why 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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Donald & Harbaugh, February 2017
US ARMY, NG
Donald & Harbaugh
Jeff & Link, October 2018
US ARMY
Jeff & Link
Autumn & Hope, February 2016
US ARMY
Autumn & Hope

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.

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The love and acceptance you get once you walk through the doors from the organization is reason alone to come to K9s For Warriors.  When you get your dog, the bonding process begins immediately and that’s when the magic happens.  Faith, a word that lost its meaning to me long ago, now walks by my side everywhere I go.  My tomorrows don’t look so dark anymore and thinking about my future doesn’t turn my stomach into knots.  Thanks to this amazing program I can begin to give back to my community and lead from the front as I was taught in my many years of military service. -Christian & Faith, March 2016