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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Our Mission is to give wounded veterans and children facing autism the quality of life they deserve by providing service dogs to mitigate their disabilities and also by providing customized outdoor experiances in Western Montana.

Results: We have had amazing results! Our service dogs have given freedom and independence to housebound veterans and given speech and assistance to non-verbal children with autism! All service dogs, programs and services are provided at no cost.

Target demographics: wounded veterans & families and children facing autism

Direct beneficiaries per year: ultiple wounded veterans and children/families facing autism

Geographic areas served: Livingston, Montana

Programs: High quality Service Dogs and customized outdoor programs and activities, at no cost to the recipient.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a K9CM volunteer for the past 9 years , its been fun watching them grow into the wonderful giving charity they are today. I've enjoyed watching the veterans and dogs form unbreakable bonds. The dog saves the warrior and the warrior saves the dog....its been miraculous.

1 Dawn114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been blessed to be able to support this wonderful cause for 7 years. As Veterans, both my husband and I understand the importance of what K9 Care Montana does. We have seen the difference the dogs make in our wounded warriors after they come home. David gives 100% of himself to this cause. He has been able to be a blessing to many of those who have served us. Looking forward to helping this cause for many years to come. God bless you David Riggs and all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to support this cause. Dogman, David Riggs, is awesome and tireless to this cause. This program really changes people's lives. To see the smiles on the faces of the veterans who are lucky enough to get one of the dogs trained by Dogman says it all. Life changing...Thank you David.

1 Nicholas D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cant say enough about this organization, david, and all his "helpers". His generosity and training abilities make a great pairing while making life easier for veterans and saving lives! Keep up the great things k9cm!!

1 Kari Jo E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

K9 Care is an amazing non-profit that helps wounded veterans and autistic children. The dogs David trains are top notch, quality dogs. David is very compassionate and cares about all of his recipients. We are blessed to be part of the K9 Care Montana team.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Scott received a service dog from K9care Montana. Jake is the best dang thing that ever happened to Scott following his military service. Jake has put purpose, security and the drive to face the challenges life brings with a positive attitude and outlook. K9Care Montana is the BEST!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with autism in February 2018 after many years of challenges and searching for answers. Navigating both the medical and educational systems has been complex and complicated. As the mom, I’ve shed many tears along the way. Her acceptance into K9Care Montana’s service dog program has been THE greatest gift to our daughter and then also to our family. The impact of the relationship between our daughter and this dog will be felt by all of us all the way through her teen years and into her early twenties. I honestly cannot imagine a single organization having a greater impact on our daughter’s life, and thus our entire familiy’s life, than what K9Care has offered to us through their program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

David has provided has given me hope for more independence for the future. He has done an amazing job meeting all the needs we have discussed. I could not be more thankful for the optterinity at freedom. Thank you K9CM!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just made my first trip out west to Montana. The trip was way more than I could have ever imagined. I spent time training with David, fly fishing, exploring the mountains, four wheeling and meeting the infamous Boulder. The whole thing was breath taking and a once in a lifetime experience. David went above and beyond to make sure that we were taken care of and had everything we needed. We had a blast exploring the little town of Philipsburg and seeing the surrounding area. David has made my life easier with a beautiful partner and teammate. He goes above every expectation of a dog trainer and makes you feel like family. I am beyond blessed to have been accepted into this program and hope that many others may be able to benefit the same way I have.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

K9 Care Montana provided a service dog to my daughter, who was diagnosed with autism. Her SD has given her a new sense of security, helping her deal with her anxiety and sensory issues, among other things. They are very attached to each other, which we feel was amplified since she got him as a puppy and they bonded so strongly within that first year. The process was so easy and David has been so accommodating to her needs, helping her whenever she had questions or a concern about anything! We love K9CM and are looking forward to having a relationship with them for years to come. We plan on becoming more involved with fundraising and helping wherever possible. Thanks K9CM!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a recipient of a dog through the ASD program. She has fostered him
since he was nine weeks old. He loves her so much and she loves him. Their bond is a beautiful thing to behold. David has given Alexa everything she needs to be successful in the fostering/training of Timber. We had the opportunity to visit Montana last month and get to work with David personally. Alexa loved every second we were there and is already making plans to return. She is also researching how to continue her education to become a dog trainer and continue working with K9CM. We are so appreciative of the opportunities that Alexa has been given and are looking forward to her future with Timber by her side.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not a personal recipient, but have watched with awe at the compassion, acceptance, patience and love that are present for every recipient. To be admired!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Nine years ago, my husband & I adopted a beautiful baby boy from a courageous young birth mother. Before his 3rd Birthday, he was diagnosed with Autism. We immediately sought out every possible resource & therapy available & have had great success in his treatment, but our son's needs constantly change. Finding K9 Care of Montana has been an answer to our prayers & provided us with the missing link to our son's care. We received an amazing puppy several months ago & our son is building a meaningful relationship with his dog. He is already bringing him such joy & confidence. THANK YOU, David & K9 Care Montana for the incredible gift of freedom, peace & a constant companion for a sometimes lonely & scared little boy. This dog is changing all our lives & we are truly grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to be a part of this non-profit. David and his team truly care about their recipients, myself included. David and K9 Care provide hope for wounded veterans and children with Autism.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Taylor ballweber I have been a I've been a junior trainer for canine care Montana for 5 years now this nonprofit is not only a charity it's not profit is it like a family to me and a family to those that we help if there's a bag of dog food or any vet bills we take care of it and that's what a nonprofit should be not just a charity but a family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have special needs twins who are recipients of a service dog through K9 Care. We have fostered Drake since he was 9 weeks old. It's amazing to watch the twins and Drake grow together as one unit. As Drake matures we are constantly discovering new ways we can use him as a tool to service the unique needs of each child. It's comforting to know that Drake will accompany the twins from young children into adulthood, and that Drake will be evolving as their needs evolve. David Riggs wears his heart on his sleeve. He has welcomed us with open arms into the K9 Care family. We are so thankful for K9 Care and to David Riggs who has uplifted so many lives. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient I can honestly say that I don't know where I would be today without my best friend Abrams. I owe my quality of life that I live now to David Riggs. When you are with the K9CM family they treat you as exactly that. You are family and that in itself is an amazing feeling. Thank you Dave and everyone at K9CM! Eric Scott

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say thank you enough for what you have done for my family and I! Having my service dog has truly allowed me to start living again. I'm so thankful for K9CM and don't know what I would do without this new family I have gained.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

David is a man committed to helping others successfully integrate into society and become independent! He does a fantastic job promoting the cause and working collaboratively with many groups to help support his cause. He is WONDERFUL!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have known Dogman's family for years. Met Dogman 3 years ago and was impressed with his enthusiasm and commitment to his work. Dedicated to training the best service dogs with love. He's an amazing person with an amazing story.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known David since before he moved to Montana. I love what he is doing and what he stands for. He is the most caring and loving person I know. He puts his whole heart into this nonprofit. Thank you for all you do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Dave since my first trip to Montana with my dad in 2006, before Dave even started K9 Care Montana, and I have visited him almost every year since. Dave is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, and I consider him family. As a member of the Army, though I am not a wounded warrior, I get to see firsthand the impact a service animal can have on a wounded warrior, and as such, I wholeheartedly endorse Dave’s program and his dogs. Over the years I have known Dave, I have had the pleasure of meeting dozens of dogs that he has placed in families of wounded warriors and children with autism, free of cost to the families. Every one of those dogs has impressed me with its temperament, training, and intrinsic desire to fulfill its role as a service animal. If you are in need of a service dog, look no further than K9 Care Montana. You will be hard pressed to find a better dog, or a more caring and accommodating trainer, than what you will find with Dave and K9 Care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a wounded warrior and recipient of a trained service dog by David Riggs of K9 Care MT. David is an amazing man who does so much for us vets it is unbelievable. And he does it at absolutely zero cost to us. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to him, and to all the families in K9 care MT. We all share a bond and have become our own family, much like we were in the military.
My pup Faith, is an amazing dog. Through David's training she helps me navigate my TBI and my PTSD. Some days when it is hard to function or be in society she guides me through it. My Service dog has truly become part of my overall health and I owe it to David Riggs of K9 Care MT

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This past week I have had the privilege to spend time enjoying many outings put on by k9 care Montana. David and kelly and Holli do an amazing job taking care of us disabled vets. They are truly amazing and I just can't begin to tell you how blessed I am. If you are looking for a non profit to support than look no further.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a veteran, I find David Dogman Riggs dedication to this cause remarkable. His unwavering devotion to these great dogs, and such a worthy cause, is a blessing. Keep up the great work my friend, I look up to you.