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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Results: Founded in March 2011, K9s For Warriors has trained and paired 272 rescue dogs with veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress. That makes a total of 544 lives saved! Within 2016, we have rescued a total of 188 dogs; 72 of which were paired with a veteran while others were adopted to members of our Jacksonville community.

Target demographics: Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress, traumatic brain injuries, and/or military sexual trauma return to a civilian life with the help of a service dog.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, we paired 72 Warriors with rescue dogs for a total of 144 lives saved.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: A 21 day, in-house training program for veterans where they learn to work with a service dog to mitigate their disabilities. Our K9 training program were we evaluate and train rescue dogs for service animal work.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

39

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Jacquie S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I value my freedom and cherish those that serve our country to protect the way we live. They do a job I was not willing to do, yet still am able to live the life I do. Many in doing that job suffered atrocities. I feel for them. How do they go on?

I am also an animal lover. I would have a million animals if I could! I stop in the street to pick up strays. I call animal protection companies when I see harm coming to animals or when an animal is in danger and need of help.

K9s For Warriors is a combination of the things in my life I cherish. I can support those who allow me to live the life I do and at the same time helping many shelter dogs find a job and a good life. I have supported this organization for a few years and will continue to do so. Bless this organization and all it serves!

Amy_323

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have been able to see first hand how amazing K9's for Warriors truly is. The accommodations are top notch, the care that goes into the dogs, the love, everything is beyond amazing. The service provided to our Warriors can't be beat.

I am proud to volunteer for a top notch agency!

1 Mary495

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a puppy raiser for this amazing organization! Delaney, who's pictured here, was my first puppy who was just placed with his veteran this week! I am so proud to be affiliated with such a professional, organized and caring group of people! I plan on raising puppies for years to come!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

K9s for Warriors saved the life of my Husband by placing him with an incredible and smart service dog. I'm forever in debt to them!!!!

1 Kim_176

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a wounded OIF vet that is going through the program in March 2017. I participated in July of 2016 and due to some personal issues was unable to complete the training. K9's invited me back this March to complete training with a new dog and has been so encouraging to my journey on getting my service dog for help with my ailments from war. This is an amazing organization that truly cares for their warriors!

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the wife of a Navy, Vietnam War Veteran. I am also a fund raiser for K9s For Warriors as a private caring citizen. I started a grass roots effort about 5 years ago called Kans4K9s. We raise our money by just collecting and recycling aluminum beverage cans. My can donors are neighbors, friends, club affiliates, service organizations, youth groups from schools, including ROTC cadets and many others. I solicit help from people I think have similar values to mine & most people say yes or hell yes!!! Oct. 2016 for example...... we took 975 lbs. of cans to recycle and raised $489.00 in that trip......and will be going again next week. Needing about 35/16oz. cans to equal 1 pound, you see we are an active donor group.

Anyone "can" do this.......but please don't use our name. We have raised many many thousands of dollars thru recycling......but it's just a drop in the bucket toward what K9s needs to raise, train & provide, 90% from rescue, service dogs to worthy post 9-11 Veteran's from all over the U.S. I wish I was computer savvy, so I could attach a photo showing what we do....but I'm not.

Please take the time to visit K9sforwarriors.org and be part of their success however you can.

Previous Stories
1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering by raising awareness/donations for K9s For Warriors for over 2 years & will continue to do so with great pleasure. I so believe in what they do that I bring up the subject whenever I get the opportunity to tell their story.....no matter where I am. The Duval family, extended & original, is giving all they have to help returning veterans get their lives back. Each veteran has family, friends, comrades, etc. who also benefit by having their loved one back in their daily lives. This is a "love" driven program and I "love" the fact that people across the country will support this sincerely dedicated K9s For Warriors family. They spend their money wisely, and get thru their days with the help of over 200 unique volunteers. Kasseroles for K9s brings home cooked meals to visiting/in training warriors. Kans4K9s collects thousands of aluminum cans each month, recycles them for cash and donates that money back to the program. Companies like The Kong Company see the value in this program and I hope you will too. Sandi, Todd, Brett, Sheri & numerous other insiders are dedicating themselves to the success of K9s For Warriors..........won't you join them? Do what you can when you can.......you can make a difference.....and it's not always money.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at k9s for warriors for several years and have watched them grow. This organization has to be one of the most rewarding programs I have ever known. Dogs who are abandoned, or abused are partnered with warriors who themselves have been wounded with PTSD, etc. Both of their lives are so enriched through this process. I thank God for being allowed to do a small part to help with this endeavor.
Tina Skipper

13 Debra75

Client Served

Rating: 5

K9's for warriors is a very dedicated non profit organization that cares for all members of our military. I had the honor of receiving a service dog for PTSD from them. Before I went for training and bonding with my service dog I wasn't able to leave my home or go out in public with out having panic or anxiety attacks. After several months with my service dog she gave me confidence and courage to leave my home. I was so blessed to find this program and every team member there genuinely care about our well being. A wonderful organization.

Previous Stories
23

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a combat Veteran and diagnosed with PTSD after coming back from Afghanistan in July 2012. I couldn't leave my house and no interaction with other people, nightmares you name it I had it. My VA doctor (psychiatrist) told me about K9s for Warriors to get a service dog. I went home and goggled them and started my application. It is so worth all the paper work and in March of 2014 I entered their training program which is 3 1/2 weeks of in house training and bonding with your Service Dog. It is no cost for post 9-11 Veterans. I can't say enough about everyone there. Training program is top notch. I was treated like family and the bond you get with your service dog is amazing. When I came home with Karma she literally saved my life as I saved hers too. She was 1 day from being put down and K9s saw in her what a great service dog she would be. They were so right and Karma was just right for me. Slowly I began to leave the house with Karma. She changed my life and gave me such confidence and courage. Basically, the statement giving veterans a new lease on life is just what they did. I still stay in touch because once your in the family it's forever. I tell all my combat veteran brothers and sisters what a great organization they are. Please if anyone out there has PTSD and can't do it on they're own get in touch with K9s for warriors. I how have a new lease on life. Thank you Shari Duvall, Brent and Matt to mention a few trainers that made sure when I left for home with Karma that I was well prepared with all info and training for a successful future with my Service dog. One of their top priorities is to stop veterans committing suicide. Thank you K9's for a new life. Debra and Karma.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescue dogs AND veterans. This is the best non-profit in Jacksonville. I just started volunteering, but I can already tell that this place is going to change everything when it comes to PTSD. I haven't got to work with the veterans, but the dogs are great!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a graduate of K9s For Warriors and the whole program has been amazing. The staff stayed in contact with my husband from day one and they always seem to be checking in on him or doing other services for him. We love our special k9 too!