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K9s For Warriors

Rating: 4.93 stars   116 reviews 4,169

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Veterans

Address:

114 Camp K9 Road Ponte Vedra FL 32081 USA

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:

177 Warrior-Service K9 teams have graduated from K9s For Warriors. We have rescued over 200 dogs from shelters, and we have found loving, permanent homes for all dogs which did not make our program.

Target demographics:

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2014 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 Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. (Dog are trained prior to the warriors' arrival)

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(904) 686-1956
www.K9sforwarriors.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

20 people 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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1 person found this review helpful

Saddened to read a negative comment aimed at ED of K9s For Warriors. This review was obviously written by a disgruntled employee. Having personal interactions with this outstanding organization on a professional level for two years and As a high ranking military officer, no need to defend this rant, it simply is a a malicious attempt to discredit a fine man and holds no credibility.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

K9s for warriors only uses rescue dogs, and I think that is amazing. Too many dogs are euthanized all across America. This is a great solution!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a five star charity. They save lives, I know I am a volunteer and have seen the amazing work they do. From the top down they are a dedicated group of men and women with a mission of saving lives. Their dogs are rescued from shelters. The love , dedication, each and every employee in this organization is amazing. I have supported many non-profits in my life, none as true and honest as this one. Thanks K9, your volunteers are proud to lend our support.

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

Expand to be able to serve more veterans

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I love volunteering with all of the dogs. It is hard work out there, but the dogs and the warriors are worth it!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

They do such great work!!!! Love them all! Everyone at K9s is incredible and they all care so much about the warriors.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Incredible leadership and incredible program. Shari, Rory, and the entire team care so much about the warriors and the dogs. There is so much love from this organization.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

I want to start off by stressing that this review is for the disgusting and misogynistic behavior of K9's for Warrior's Executive Director, and NOT the organization as a whole.

Date: 11 August

As a female officer in the military sitting at an adjoining table, I had the misfortune of witnessing one of the most despicable acts in my 42 years on this planet. I pondered about this for about 2 weeks, as I did not have the strength, dealing with my own PTSD from multiple deployments, to confront this man. After talking to several friends and my therapist at the VA I have agonized over this because I did not want to put veterans in peril by writing this review. However, not to do so would be a disservice to all veterans at this organization.

I did my research on K9's for Warriors, and they seem like a highly competent and kind-hearted organization. 
I am writing this after long and careful deliberation, but I feel it is my responsibility as a proud woman in uniform, to share the atrocious and despicable conduct I witnessed by the representative of K9's for Warriors; named Rory, and who stated he was the Executive Director. The persons at the table referred to the organization K9s for Warriors several times. I was accurate in connecting the relationships, and here is the dissapointment I experienced:

I had the misfortune to sit at a neighboring table at an Asian restaurant in downtown Denver when these men joined a dinner party. The man identified himself as the Executive Director, Rory to the persons at the table. Rory then spent the rest of the dinner making abhorrent and contemptible references to women using the C-word and calling them twats. He went as far as proudly announcing to everyone in their party how he had fired so many employees and then referred to them as f-ing C...s. He continued this objectionable and obnoxious tirade, interspersed with the continuous use of the f-word and with what can only be described as a repugnant laugh. He then had the audacity to share how he considers fat women disgusting. The only thing disgusting was this man's behavior and condescending remarks toward women. The persons at my table and even their waiter were appalled. This conduct would never be tolerated in the military, so I wonder why the head of an organization representing veterans would behave in such a despicable manner or speak of others with such disdain. I am ashamed that this man represents any organization that reputedly serves veterans. A calamity for any supporter or veteran serviced by this organization. I am assuming this was a business trip, as the website for this organization states they are out of Ponte Vedra, Florida. I hope that I, or any other veteran will never have to encounter this horrible human being anywhere in the United States where so many men AND women have given their lives to protect.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Service dogs are becoming more and more popular as a way to help veterans cope with the intensity of PTSD. I was skeptical initially but after some loving coaxing by Shari Duval, the President of the organization, K9s for Warriors, I headed down to Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida to find out for myself.

I was paired with a service dog named Onyx and I can truly say that she was the impetus for change in my life. First of all, the experience itself was rewarding. I spent three weeks with four other women warriors who totally got me. We had a great time together and are still good friends to this day. The staff and volunteers at the organization showered us with love, appreciation, and respect. They validated our struggles with PTSD and helped us learn how to use a service dog to help us cope with day to day life.

Onyx pulled me out of a deep depression and has helped lower my anxiety significantly. The first year was a tough transition because I had ceased my veteran advocacy efforts and began to focus on me. Due to my military experience, I had a mindset that my life was dedicated to a mission. First it was the mission of the USAF, then it was the mission of changing laws so we could prevent military sexual assault. After Onyx, my mission became me. It was uncomfortable but necessary for one to truly heal.

I think the most important aspect of having a service dog was the day to day interaction. She kept me occupied because I now had to take care of her, she showered me with attention and love, she elicited feelings of joy and love that I hadn't felt in years, and lastly she made me feel safe. Because of her, I now had the strength to get back out there and become one with the world. She helped me take the next steps in healing because without her I was too fearful to even leave my home alone. I had grown to depend on my husband to accompany me and make me feel safer. That was hard on him and not good for me.

I have taken a lot of steps with Onyx. Although it is tough sometimes to have a service dog that draws the attention of a lot of people, the benefits far outweigh that aspect. Onyx gets me out of the house, helps me meet new people, and does exactly what she is supposed to do, make me feel safe while we are out and about. I can relax because she is scanning the room for me and making sure no one surprises me or gets too close. I've recognized that working on my social anxieties is much like working a muscle. You have to keep working on it to get stronger. It was much easier with a service dog.

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?

2015

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Nothing, they are very organized and very well trained in saving lives with PTSD and TBI injuries.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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