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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 over 300 dogs with veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic Stress.

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

129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

40

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

4 Anthony Cala

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Veteran who has served over 15 years in the US Army and Army National Guard, and been on 3 combat deployments to Iraq totaling 40 months. I loss a piece of my soul experiencing combat. Loosing friends that I had served with, and having multiple near death experiences does a toll on you. From my very first deployment in 2004 I have loss 5 friends to suicide. I wanted to change and be a better father and husband. I sought out counseling and medication, but it didn’t work by itself. So I applied for a Service Dog and I waited on K9s for Warrior's waiting list for a year. When I finally arrived at Camp K9's it was truly a breath-taking experience. When you meet all the staff and they are smiling and always asking if there is something that they can do for you. You feel inside that the wait is finally over. Dog Day is when you meet your Service Dog that is going to be able to go everywhere with you and help you through the downs and the ups. When you meet your Warrior Trainers these men are awesome, they are graduates that have been through the program before you and they help and teach you all the commands you need to know. Let's not forget the founder of K9's for Warrior's Shari Duval we all call her mom. Mom is the mother to over 356 Warrior’s now and is truly a remarkable lady that truly cares about Veterans coming back from War. To all the staff at Camp K9’s thank you from the bottom of my heart. Big Bootie Judie and I got this!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended an Orientation Session July 9th, 2015. From then on I knew that I found the right place to volunteer at. K9's for Warriors had just relocated to their new facility off Palm Valley Rd. Since that time I have met so many wonderful people who are dedicated to helping a Veteran be paired with a new best friend. The change the veteran goes thru once they team up with their K9 is absolutely amazing. Where else can you save 2 lives at one time?
Since starting at K9's my resume has grown to include part-time kennel staff, Ambassador helping to spread the mission of K9's for Warriors, and a Puppy Raiser helping to provide the next generation of service dogs for our warriors.

1 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!

4 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!

2

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.

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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!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer! The new dog parks are amazing and the new kennel is spectacular. I have to say, it is a lot of work getting the dogs out there...especially the big ones, but it is SO worth it!

9

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.