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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

46

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

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved, in various capacities, with K9s For Warriors since their inception. I have seen how they pinched pennies and used their financial donations to their best ability. They research and decide. Allot more diligent than I am with my own money for sure.

I do hope me writing this note with help you choose them for your much appreciated assistance. Your help will make them even more effective in the fight to save individuals, families and communities. They really are amazing...........and not one bit wasteful.

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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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3

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.

3 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!

3 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!

7 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!

3

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!!!!

3 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!

5

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.

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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

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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.

8 airforcevet101

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

6 Kristjana R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the spouse of a k9s graduate, and I can honestly say having my husband and Vulcan home has made a big difference. I don't have to go EVERYWHERE with him anymore and we both have our freedoms back. Going into public I now feel I have my 2 kids to care for and not my husband like I did before. Both my husband and I have and will continue to recommend this AMAZING organization. I am thankful for this great organization for giving me my family back.

7 Keith51

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was on a year waiting list for K9's and I had numerous interviews to get approved just to get on the list. It is an AWESOME program and my dog Vulcan has helped not only me, but my family as well seeing he brings the family closer together. I would put my life on the line for him. He is not just a dog, he is part of the family. He knows when his vest goes on its time to work. Whenever I've had problems with people or businesses since I've had him, K9's has been right by my side and helped every single time, and the volunteers to tremendous things to help you couldn't even imagine. If I won the lottery this non profit organization would get half of it or more. They have made my life worthwhile when I thought I was lost.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Before K9sforwarriors I was lost. I couldn't eat, sleep, I was scared to leave the house. I didn't even recognize my own face. Then k9sforwarriors gave me a new life.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I served in Iraq and Afghanistan while active duty. I came back and I was not the same man. After years of self medicating with alcohol I hit bottom and had to get help. K9's for Warriors was there for me when I needed them most. I have had my service dog for 2.5 years now. Because of this program, my life has completely changed. My family bond is stronger than ever, I am the leader of a local youth organization, and I am a full time student. I would have never thought about doing any of this before. The men and women of K9s for Warriors are lifesavers.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly couldn't see myself the way I am today without the help of K9s for warriors!!! I was hit by a explosion in Iraq in 2005 and suffer from ptsd and tbi and before I got into K9s for warriors obviously I wasn't as stable as I wanted to be but with the help of freedom my service dog and after 2 yrs I've done things I'd never imagine myself doing after being locked in my own house for years never going out into public and now I have my CDL and drive over the road part time and I coach little league baseball during the summer and most of all I have a stable relationship with my daughters and new wife!!! I also don't use freedom near as much as I use to and I'm conquering so many things by myself!!! K9s for warriors also has a 100% success rate for vets that haven't committed suicide and that itself is a huge victory!!! Thanks to mom and the team at K9s for warriors for my new life!!!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a graduate from this program, I recommend it to future participants. To begin the process for enrollment into this program:
-I had to do an application
- have at least three recommendations (from doctors/coworkers/people who have known you for a long time)
- phone interview (I had two)
- in person interview
- stay for three and one half weeks in the program under supervision while they train the dog to partner with you, observe you and how you react with and without your companion, and take the two of you to various local places/events to see how the partnership withstands stress related surroundings/triggers.

Once they thought the two of us bonded and was compatible they started working with us. If for any reason they thought one pet was not as compatible as they would like, they simply saved it for a different person in hopes to find a good grouping. (For those who don't know what I mean: some dogs bond better with some people, while others bond better with others. Everyone and every pet (companion) is different and has different personailties that they are compatible with). Although I have had many issues returning from my duty in them USMC including PTSD and TBI, I have gained confidence and learned better self control within large crowds, in which I would have anxiety and tend to have anger episodes or easily distressed within, since this program. The program was not made to cure any illnesses, but only to support healthy and beneficial reactions, support, and encouragement in which their program supplies as well as the companions they supply. Pets have been known to provide support and encouragement when some veterans/warriors feel that adapting to civilian life is impossible, they also are there when they (veterans/warriors) family or loved ones leave or simply do not know to comfort them after returning from war. Therefore, some of the stress is relieved within and outside of the home. (Again, it's impossible to believe every memory, illness, or issue will completely disappear..... I mean it has taken years to get where I'm at today and I still have a ways to go). I believe in this group, and have continued to help fellow warriors/veterans find their way here, and I cannot count how many of my guys who have went has called and said "You know man, you have helped me more than you could ever know by referring me to k9s." There is even a annual run in Albany Marine base, in Albany, GA to support local veterans/warriors to attend this program. It's a great place to learn, bond, and grow. I have and always will support, encourage, and spread the word about this organization.

-former graduate Torres (and "Ruey")

9 Sam_34

Client Served

Rating: 5

I watched a show on K9's, seeing how the Capt was before he received his dog. I was overwhelmed. It was like I was watching a show on me. The training is at no cost to the vet, and the dog you receive is well trained. I have had Skinner little over 7 months. She wakes me from nightmares, keeps me company, and is helping me get my life back. K9's for Warriors is a wonderful organization.

6 Joe_71

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired SFC/E7 from the active Army, I served in OIF 1 ,3 and 5. I suffer from TBI and PTSD but as most Soldiers I was fine, well, so I thought anyway. On a beautiful day in 2009 I decided that I had enough of smelling burnt blood and gun powder in my mind and feeling alone and out of place. I decided that I was going to commit suicide. You see, a person doesn't ever plan on killing them selves it just hits you when you have had enough of this world. So noone can count on the famous phrase, Ill never hurt myself im strong. Well so was I, Long story short I had just enough edge to haul butt to mental health and surrender my self to someone who could help. I ended up finding k9s for warriors through a friend and got excepted. I found a knew life through this family, yes this organization is my family. They saved my life, I live in peace now with my partner Lilly, a 100 pound Mastiff Lab mix by my side with the confidence to do and be anything I want in my life. I'm here in the flesh and not on the wall as a memorial to a warrior who died alone thinking no one cared. I love you K9s for warriors with all my heart and you out there who supports them.

6 Karl F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kuchar rescued me 2 1/2 years ago. Now I am out and about doing stuff never thought about when I came back from Afghanistan. We have never been separated minutes in those years, to say she is my best friend is an understatement. She can read me before I can read myself. K9sforwarriors.org made this possible. They were more support before, during and after the process than I have ever seen in my life. I never would have guessed these people would have turned into part of my family.

6 Anthony58

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization gave me my life back! I was fighting the need for help for years and finally I took a leap of faith and applied. I was accepted into the program and I was blessed with Liberty. He's brought me from being on edge and unable to be in public places to a point where I know he's got my six. Without K9s for Warrioirs, there's no telling how long it would have been before I was a statistic. I can't thank Shari and her wonderful staff enough. They are truly a blessing!

5 Bryanhd

Client Served

Rating: 5

K9s saved my life. They are doing wonderful things for vets across the country. They gave me purpose and my best friend and Service Dog Dell. I am so thankful for them.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization in general and absolutely every single employee/volunteer have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are committed to helping Military members and Veterans. They truly are a blessing. The support and care did not and has not ended once I graduated and my service dog, Shadow, went home with me. I get calls from instructors checking up on us. I can't say this enough, K9s for Warriors helps to save lives--lives of the dogs rescued and lives of the Veterans/Military members they so obviously love.

23

Donor

Rating: 1

I love the idea of this organization and think it is a great cause. Here is my story though. I was in an abusive relationship about a year ago. A few months before I finally gained the courage to leave him my ex graduated k9s for warriors. He had served in the marine corps two tours and was left with PTSD and TBI. He had been looking for months for a program like k9s. He went through interviews with two other similar organizations but was denied because of his unstableness. A few weeks upon my ex returning home from graduation he took a turn for the worst again. He laid in bed all day for days on end without getting up once to even let the poor dog go to the bathroom or get him food or water. I was warned by him and the organization to never do so as it could disrupt the bond between dog and owner. I understood this but I will admit at times I just had to break the rules because the dog was becoming very skinny and sickly. One day while my ex was going through an episode he lost control. I was used to me being pushed around and yelled at but this day my ex turned it on the dog. He kicked him repeatedly and then picked the dog up by his collar and tossed him at least five feet. I couldn't take seeing this poor defenseless animal being treated this way. So when my ex wasn't looking I grabbed the dog, put him in my car, and took off. I was fearful of his life and even a little of my own at this point knowing the rage this would put him in. After a few hours with no where to go and being terrified for my safety and my family's, my ex's parents forced me to return the dog to them who in turn have the dog back to my ex. I gathered my things that day and haven't looked back and have been trying to move on with my life. I called k9's for warriors and told them what happened and begged them to at least try to keep my ex from knowing that I called. They seemed genuinely worried for the dogs safety as I was and said they would do an investigation and show up unannounced to check in on the dog. Not only did they not do that but they emailed my ex and told him that I called and simply only asked for a picture of the dog! No investigation was ever done. It is an animal with fur. How in the world would you see the bruises my ex had put on that dog from a picture!? I was so terrified that my ex found out that I called that I went as far as to get a restraining order against him. I understand the idea behind k9s for warriors and when the individual is deserving it is a great program. However, there is a reason my ex was denied by two other organizations before they finally accepted him. He is extremely unstable and unable to take care of a living thing until he can get professional help with results. I am disgusted at how little this organization cared about the well being of that poor dog and I hope he is doing ok. Hopefully someone there reads this (I guarantee they remember me) and they change their ways and maybe start doing a bit more research on their participants before blindly giving the responsibility of an animal to someone so unable to do so.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit, K9s for Warriors is tremendously successful from recruiting volunteers, to providing care and training for the wounded warriors and their service dogs, and managing such an phenomenal organization. It takes dedication to run an organization as efficiently as K9s for Warriors. Even better is the dogs that are rescued and retrained and re-socialized as service dogs for our wounded warriors that gave so much to this great country. I cannot overstate the amount of dedication, professionalism, and efficiency that this organization maintains. I am a Navy retiree and cannot think of a better cause for this nonprofit organization.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the dogs, most of all, a is a service to our veterans. The organization also provides a wonderful service in providing such a high calling for the many rescues. The dogs are often adorable and funny, loving their time in the exercise yard. I am always so pleased when they are matched with a warrior. The organization is such a win-win in so many wonderful ways. I feel honored to be associated with K9s For Warriors.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with K9s for Warriors for over 2 years now and I honestly can't think of a better organization to work with. They have the magic formula for success! They rescue dogs, who in turn, rescue these Warriors!! The organization ALWAYS puts the Warrior first!! And if, for whatever reason, the dog is not a suitable fit to be a service dog, they will make sure to find a home for this dog. Win-Win!! I'm very proud to be a volunteer with this organization and always walk away feeling an overwhelming sense of fulfillment.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering with K9s for Warriors since September 2014. I love everything about this awesome organization- what they do for our veterans to help get their lives back, what they do for all the rescue dogs by saving their lives from being in shelters, and what all they do to bring the two together- saving both the dogs' and the veterans' lives. I got accidentally injured once while volunteering and they were so sweet to check up on me to see how I was after. If a job ever came open with them, I would go work for them in a heartbeat! Love this group, volunteering with them is the highlight of my week!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I lived in St. Augustine, I volunteered for this wonderful organization, K9's for Warriors. They use either donated puppies or Rescues. I would say 94 percent are rescues. They train these dogs to assist veterans who have PTSD or Traumatic Brain injuries. I was fortunate to befriend one of these veterans and these dogs give these veterans back their lives. Many of whom who couldn't leave their homes until they got a K9's for Warriors trained dog. This organization is giving our wounded warriors back their lives. Please support them. They provide miracles.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best non-profit I have ever been involved with. I learned about this organization August 2014 when we moved to the area from the Southwest. I feel very privileged to be able to offer my time to K9s For Warriors. I do Kasseroles for K9s once a month or so. That means cooking a dinner meal for the current warriors who are there. Every time I drop off a meal, I feel so proud to know that I just cooked for our veterans. I also take a 2 hour shift exercising the dogs that are waiting for their warriors. Those dogs are all very special. K9s for Warriors always let the volunteers know how important we are to the organization. We are not just a number to them. I do not know of many organizations that can say that.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at K9's for Warriors for over 2 years and served in several capacities for them. I have first hand experience with their work to rescue dogs and transform them to become service dogs, saving most from certain death. I have seen the looks on the Warrior's faces when they first meet their dogs and I have witnessed the transformation come over the two as they worked together and bonded as a team. The dog and trainer wind up rescuing one another from a dark and uncertain future that either would have faced alone. Makes me proud to say that I am associated with such a great organization, watch the rescue/transformation process first hand and to see that donations are spent wisely and carefully.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that puts Veterans at the forefront of their existence. I've had the opportunity to interact with many Veteran support organizations over the last several years and not all of them do as much for Veterans as I have seen from K9s For Warriors. They do the most good for these deserving men and women with a minimal amount of resources and I could only imagine how many other lives and families they could help with more support. Truly an amazing group of dedicated people doing wonderful work for Veterans, their families and the northeast Florida community.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about the blessing and opportunity I have been given to serve those who have given so much to serve us! I first learned of K9s for Warriors when the announcement came that they would move their location into our town (Nocatee) just about a year ago. From my first inquiry regarding volunteering, to-date I can honestly say I have never been so proud to be even a smallest part of such a wonderful organization! Not only in assisting with the Dogs, my first passion and love but to be able to pair that with be any part of their finding their forever home with both active troops and veterans whose very life may be saved with pairing of a service dog, is truly priceless. I am overwhelmed at the thankfulness and support of the staff and other volunteers, let alone the warriors who come to be trained with their dogs whether it be to assist in the kennels to take the dogs out for a potty break, bringing a home-cooked meal, or fostering a dog or pup all efforts have been greeted with the up-most support from staff and other volunteers and unbelieveable appreciation from all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Couldn't think of a better organization to give my time and energy to. Saving our heroes with canine heroes -- what a concept!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization doing wonderful work on multiple fronts. Not only do they take rescue animals primarily from shelters and train them to have a purpose, they pair these animals with military veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD. The people, employees and volunteers are all great and I enjoy every minute I spend volunteering to such a great cause.

5 Marie54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at K9s for Warriors for a little over a year. I was recently retired from the dog business. When I heard about this group, I was so attracted to it for 3 big reasons. (1) I can get my dog fix. (2) I have such a deep respect for our men and women in uniform and I can do something to help this very worthwhile organization. I believe that our government just doesn’t do enough. (3) I have experienced PTSD after there was a shooting in my office. I know how I suffered for about a year, but what I felt isn’t even close as what I can imagine our warriors are feeling. I don’t know how they survive with such a debilitating condition. Many do not. I can’t imagine doing anything else in a volunteer capacity that I would rather do. K9s for Warriors ROCKS!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined K9s for Warriors in late February 2014 as a volunteer. My history includes owning a pet sitting business for 10 years before I retired - I need to be around dogs. I don't believe that our country does enough for our military and this is my small way of helping fill that void. I have experienced PTSD after witnessing a shooting in my suburban office and, although what I witnessed and experienced after isn't even close to the magnitude to which these warriors have been exposed, I do understand the crippling effect of PTSD. Volunteering for K9s for Warriors was the perfect fit for me. I absolutely love performing every one of my duties as a kennel volunteer - even waste removal! I love the graduations where I see the dogs I have played with gleefully being so controlled and professional along side their warrior. Mostly, I love seeing the bond between service dog and warrior. Thank you, warriors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, who suffers from PTSD, I have seen the difference this organization makes in the lives of fellow veterans. Not only do they help the veteran regain his or her life, they rescue dogs that would most likely be euthanized. Hours are spent socializing and training the dogs, and then weeks to adapt the veteran to their new companion. All of this is free to yhe veteran who served our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

K9s is wonderful to work with. They are joyful, dedicated and purposeful in achieving their mission and they are changing lives, for veterans, families and those who volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't know of another Veteran's organization that has done was K9s has. In short, MANY lives have been saved. I'm in the dog industry and my small company makes a small donation every month to K9s. We talk about this organization at every opportunity and can't think of a better place to give back. May GOB bless all of the Warriors who come to K9s to reclaim their lives, and all of the volunteers who make this organization a reality! This Marine mom gives K9s FOUR Paws Up and a big OOH RAH!

6 Melissa87

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three words..... SAVED MY LIFE. This program has already saved nearly 200 warriors and canines. That's lives made worth living again. We can be 'normal', we can be a loving spouse and parent. My girls have their mother again. All of this because of the new leash on life we have been given by K9s for Warriors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

K9s for a Warriors is a premier organization serving veterans with PTSD/TBI. This program does more for these vets in three weeks than the VA can do in years!! I know, I'm a graduate who has reclaimed my life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of K9 for Warriors when my daughter's high school Interact Club began raising funds to sponsor a service dog. They came to the school to speak the club members and we learned about them and what they do for veterans and also how they adopt dogs from shelters. So essentially they're saving two lives!! My younger daughter is now in Interact and they are on their way to sponsoring a third service dog. I can't say enough about this great organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

K9's for Warriors literally changes lives, and not just for our wonderful Warriors or our precious K9's. I began volunteering as a kennel assistant after reading an article in the JAX local newspaper. I thought it sounded like a great 'marriage' of two groups that I care about tremendously and who, so many times, do not get the care and help that they so richly deserve. Therefore, I expected to become a part of something worthwhile and to enjoy being a part of it.

What I did not expect was to be so profoundly touched to my very core by the storied of our dogs and our Warriors. Hearing the stories of our Warriors and their families and all they've been through on behalf of our country is extremely humbling. Reading the background cards on our rescue dogs and trying to rationalize that this amazing dog that I'm helping to care for was rescued, shivering and afraid, on the side of I95 or starving and tied on a three foot rope and unable to reach her new litter of puppies is absolutely heartbreaking. I shake my head and it hurts my heart to see how they have all been (sometimes literally) forgotten or thrown away.

But then they get to our facility and the magic begins. We see both the dogs and the Warriors slowly begin to heal, gain confidence and slowly move toward a future of love, hope and freedom. Sometimes it's a slow process, sometimes it happens quickly. But it DOES happen and we who volunteer are so blessed to be a part of this miracle. While we all have our problems and challenges in life, it's impossible not to step back and put them in perspective in light of the heroic struggles that we see being overcome right in front of us. And everyone I come in contact with at K9's, from volunteers to staff to the trainers feels exactly the same way. This organization is so much more than just a volunteer opportunity or, for some, a job. It's a calling and a blessing and I thank God every day for our Warriors, our dogs and for the opportunity to be a part of it all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering now for 2 years and I love it. What a great way to help Veterans and Dogs. I'm a single father of 2 teenaged boys so my time is limited. But I feel every time I go there I am making a difference.

4 Carol151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been blessed to foster a K9 puppy that was donated to the program by a breeder. It is an absolute joy to be involved with raising him and sending him on to help a soldier. Everyone enjoys getting to meet him.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

God love a dog and the companionship they provide to our Warriors, I have been involved with K9 for a little over a year, and see first hand the rewards. I lost a nephew to suicide after returning from Iraq. I consider my service to k9 as a way to honor his service and all those that have succumbed to PTSD. I urge everyone to attend a graduation and see first hand how these friends of man compliment our military folks. I and my wife are now both part of the program, and the pleasure of interacting with the different personalities and traits of these K9's. Always a pleasure.