K9s For Warriors

Rating: 5 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Animals, Veterans

Location: 260 South Roscoe Blvd Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082 USA

Mission: To provide service dogs to our troops & veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries. 95% of the canines used in the program come from rescue shelters. Giving veterans & rescue dogs new leashes on life.
Results: 42 warrior/canine teams have graduated from K9s For Warriors. Our 2013 goal is to graduate 50 warrior/canine teams, giving rescue dogs & warriors new leashes on life.
Target demographics: We serve active duty troops & veterans suffering from post traumatic stress related to post 9/11 service in our armed forces.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2013 50 Warriors & 50 dogs rescued from shelters will receive new leashes on life as warrior/service K9 teams.
Geographic areas served: nationwide
Programs: Three week in house program providing service dogs to our nations troops & veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. (Dog are trained prior to the warriors' arrival)

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

I as a recipient of a wonderful K9 from K9s for Warriors. Having the training onsight at their facility was a major plus. It allowed me time to bond with my dog. They are very helpful and a great Org. Having Maverick has helped me not to think of war. I can channel; my thoughts on him. His needs and he keeps me occupied. With out K9s for Warriors. I wouldnt have this new lease on life. Thank you K9s and Mom. Matt, Brett, Danique, Ross, thank you all

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed its an amazing place and org

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am retired Army and have been involved as a Veteran advocate both professionally and voluntarily for over 40-years.
This group is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It is a program that saves (2) lives- the rescue dog, and the Warrior. Shari and her team are the best, they truly care about all they do, day-in-day-out. I have witnessed first-hand the change in numerous Warriors affect since they became a part of K9s program. In addition I have seen loving dogs that were doomed to die in a matter of days, look at you with a serious love and mission in their eyes. They now have a purpose, it's their turn to save the life of the Warrior they were chosen to be with.
If you are a patriot and a dog lover, you need to get involved in any way you can.
God Bless the K9 staff.

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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter was looking for community service for high school and I ran into this organization on my quest to find something she would not only get service hours for, but would also enjoy doing. Since she's not yet 18 years old I'm required to volunteer with her so I can see first hand what a fabulous organization K9s for Warrior is. We've been volunteering since February 2014. We were just there today working a 2 hour shift playing with the dogs. My daughter also signed up to provide today's meal for the warriors so we brought that along with us.

The organization provides a wonderful service for our brave military men and women and also for the dogs they rescue. It's exceptionally well run and I'm looking forward to their expansion into a new facility in the next 6 months. This is an organization that's doing great work and need all the support they can get from their community and beyond.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I read about this organization in the newspaper. I had been looking to volunteer somewhere and since I am a vet and a dog owner for many years, it seemed like a good fit. And it has definitely been that! I am a relatively new volunteer as a Kennel Assistant with 8 volunteer assignments completed to date. All of the staff and volunteers I have met are friendly ,dedicated and competent; it is a joy to work with and for them. And, of course the dogs are a blast to attend especially knowing they are being trained to help a warrior in need. My feelings were best crystallized last week when I attended the graduation of the most recent class of warriors with their new service dogs. I recognized and knew the names of all the service dogs because they were among the ones I had attended! What a flood of emotions I experienced to remember my contact with them during their training to qualify to be matched as a service dog with a warrior. And now, here they were proudly alongside their warrior. I was elated, joyful, and felt a sense of pride that in a small way I helped in that process. It just doesn't get any better than that as a volunteer.

I have an additional comment about the organization and staff. In my experience in the military and civilian workforce I have seldom witnessed a more professional, dedicated well organized operation.
I wish them continued success in their expansion plans and hope to remain part of it

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NA

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of K9 for Warriors when they visited my place of work over a year ago. Since that time, my company has added K9 for Warriors as a place that employees may donate their volunteer time to. So I did and what an awesome experience. I can't say enough good things about the people that spend countless hours making this a suceess. I enjoyed meeting everyone and most of all playing with the dogs. Many of these are rescued from various organizations and will go on to make such a difference in a warriors life. It's like saving two lives at one time. I have only good things to say about this place and have told many people about my experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering with K9s for Warriors in May 2013. I was immediately taken back by the respect and consideration that everyone involved with organization has for each other. There is a great feeling of being part of team and as a team having a common goal and that goal is helping our warriors. K9s uses 95 percent rescue dogs and I fully believe that some of these rescue dogs know that they have been given a second chance. Some of the dogs have been physically abused, but when they come to K9s, they seem to know that they are in a good place, and everybody there is going to take good care of them, and eventually they are going to have a job. A very important job, and they are eager to be the best they can be for their warrior. It is just a win win for everybody.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I retired from the Air Force after 30 years. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 7 times. After retirement, my memories of war caused me severe depression, aggregation, and extreme difficulty adjusting to the civilian war, including getting along with my family. After a PTSD and TBI diagnosis, multiple visits to personal and family counseling, my wife turned to a PTSD service dog. K9's For Warriors was not only a life saver, but a family saver. I met Justice (my PTSD service dog) shortly after arriving at K9's For Warriors. We have been together ever since. The training Justice and I experienced together was second to none. The accommodations provided to us were well beyond my expectations, the hundreds of volunteers are priceless, the staff showed professionalism, empathy, and really made me feel welcome. I know my everyday struggles without my service dog were intense and debilitating. I wasn't really sure I would ever be able to live another way until K9's For Warriors embraced me and blessed me with my service dog, Justice! THANK YOU K9'S FOR WARRIORS!! Not only from the bottom of my heart, but from my wife, children, and whole family!!

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The staff and volunteers at K9's For Warriors is exceptional!!! The warmth and understanding of the hidden wounds we are coming back with is life saving! It truly is. There is nothing I would change about the operations. While I realize there is always room for improvement, my only wish is that more service members could benefit from a service dog like Justice. A west coast operation would be awesome!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with the K9 for Warriors program for over a year. What a positive difference these wonderful dogs make in a warriors life. I love spending time with the dogs and getting to know each and everyone of their individual personalities. We were fortunate enough to be able to adopt Honor, a former K9 for Warrior dog, and he has brought so much love and joy into our lives.
It is a fantastic program that is a win-win for everyone involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

K-9 for Warriors is run by an amazing group of people who are making a difference for so many.
As a volunteer I am in see each time I arrive at the location to care for the dogs.
The program is so well run, with focus and detail on the a Warriors they will help as
Well as the dogs in the program. I am honored to be part of such am amazing
Organization that is so focused on helping the amazing service men and women who have
Given so much for our country.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

These people literally do nothing but care. They are far more than a service dog program. It was almost like three weeks of therapy for me. I am a combat veteran with two deployments to Afghanistan. For the past few years I was on a road to self destruction. I found out about K9's on the internet and filled out an application immediately. I did not wait long at all, because there was a drop out and I was scheduled for a class before I even knew it. The staff is amazing. I loved every second I was there and did not want to leave. All of the instructors are extremely proficient and patient. 5 stars is not nearly enough of a rating for this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Absolutely nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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