We Rescue Dogs to Rescue Veterans

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest veteran service organization providing highly skilled service dogs to disabled American heroes. Our goal is to empower Warriors to return to life with dignity and independence.  The core of our training program is focused on mitigating the symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), with the end goal of preventing veteran suicide.

Our nonprofit 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 veteran in need of a Service Dog, apply here.

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Joseph & Trooper, December 2017
Joseph & Trooper
Don & Maverick AHEPA-October 2019
Don & Maverick AHEPA
Joshua & Hampton, February 2015
Joshua & Hampton

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.


“K9s For Warriors has brought my life back. The training program, my Service Dog, Penn, and the employees here are better than anything I could have imagined. I hope that with Penn by my side, I will be able to leave the house more often and come back to society as a more productive citizen.” -Mozart & Penn – January 2020