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Semper K9 Assistance Dogs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Combat veteran founded and operated, Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs we provide service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members.

Target demographics: U.S. Service Members and their families

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Facility Dogs, Military Family Support Dogs, Maintenance Training, Community Education, Service Dog Support for Veterans and Family Integration Program.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 usmcspouse2000

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Semper K9 was founded by an OEF/OIF combat veteran to help wounded veterans. I think this is always going to be the best for any VSO. Having someone who truly understands about combat life & military culture is critical. After meeting Mr. Baity you will instantly realize he is the real deal. Being that their founder and K9 Program Directors are both combat veterans, military working dog handlers, trainers and kennel masters makes this nonprofit so successful. All of their directors and advisors are combat veterans, military spouses or have strong ties to the mission. I am thankful to have this nationally recognized nonprofit in the county that my family calls home, Prince William, VA! Semper Fi

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met a group from Semper K9 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps earlier this year. Got to talk to the founders and I was impressed with what I saw. Fast-forward to last week and I ran into Mrs. Baity at another local event and she remembered me AND my dog's name. I love how connected this group is with the community and the fact that I was remembered tells me they are connected with the people they are serving.

Their volunteers looked so happy and everyone seemed to be having a great time showing the public what service dogs are for and how they are trained. All the photos I see shared on social media also reflect the love that flows from this group. Proud to say that I am a supporter and will be for a long time! Semper Fi!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chris Baity is an excellent trainer for pups, coaches learning to train pups, veterans learning to handle a service dog as well as maintaining an already graduated dog to beat peak performance. This requires working with a wide range of personalities with various skills. His ability to work with everyone is amazing, especially his endurance. Amanda Baity, his wife, puts her heart and soul into daily keeping up the organizational and administrative part of Semper K9. Making a commitment to their non profit organization which gives service dogs to veterans in need, free of charge, is a wonderful way to "give back". LKA

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is an amazing program with a mission of helping veterans and as an associated benefit rescues shelter dogs.
This dual-fold purpose brought us to volunteer with this organization in 2016 and we have now been privileged to be coaches for two dogs that have since graduated. Seeing how a service dog benefits a veteran is both dramatic and heart-warming. Chris and Amanda both care deeply about veterans and growing this organization to help as many veterans possible. Their mentoring of coaches to train the dogs exemplifies the skill of both Chris and Amanda to achieve results for the organization. Chris works to ensure that each dog reaches its full potential so as to best assist the veteran in their lives.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I made a small donation to this organization in memory of a loved one who had passed and I got a handwritten card from the founder! Love that personal touch and I will be a donor for life to this amazing organization with such a worthy cause. The acknowledgment that was sent to the spouse of my loved one was equally impressive. Thank you so much for all you do to assist our brave servicemen and women!

2 Katie Tallman K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the daughter of two veterans, granddaughter of two veterans, wife of an active duty soldier, and a veteran myself, Semper K9’s mission is near and dear to my heart! I’ve been with them almost a year now and they are such an amazing group of selfless people to work with. They are giving veterans with disabilities their lives back and rescuing dogs in the process. What’s not to love! Keep up the great work!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Semper K9 in October 2018. There are many ways to help with this organization and the other volunteers are very welcoming. Seeing the positive impact these dogs have with their veterans and families solidifies what a worthy cause it is.

3 Jessica R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Semper K9 has been apart of our family for 3 years. They helped me transition from Military life to college student life with the assistance of a Service dog. I don't think that I would be as successful as a college student, or mother if it wasn't for the love and support of the Semper k9 team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was getting out of the Marine Corps in 2016 Semper K9 was a great ally in my successful transition. They helped my Service Dog, Bella and I be a better handler team. Bella and I are now completing our Bachelors Degree in Art Education and are active participates at the UNCG Veterans Resource Center. I am a better Veteran, Student, and Mother because of Semper K9. I can not thank them enough for everything they have done, and continue to do for my family.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer with Semper K9 Assistance Dogs has been an enrichment to my family’s lives! We’ve made so many new friends while helping to provide service dogs to veterans. It has been very fulfilling to meet the people our dogs help, but the journey training the dogs is also an amazing experience. The founders are down to earth, hardworking, real people, doing a real service to the community.

3 Denise Y.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I could not help but jump "all in" when I learned about this organization. How can you not want to help dogs and veterans? I've heard the success stories. I plan on supporting them in any way I can.

3 Rebecca B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having watched Semperk9 grow from the very beginning, I can testify to the hard work and dedication that the founders have put into this organization. I am amazed every day at the selfless effort the volunteers and supporters have poured into Semperk9 and am thrilled to see the positive results for the veterans they serve.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I made a small contribution to help their efforts and made is a monthly donation. In return, I received a handwritten thank you card with a painting of one of their puppies on it. It was signed by the founders!

I am thankful to know that these people are so involved in every aspect of the organization and I enjoy following their social media accounts to see all the great things they are doing for veterans!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so proud to be a part of Semper K9 as a coach family. We have been welcomed so warmly, meet a bunch of great people, and love working with the dogs. We are very excited to be able to help give back to the Veterans who selflessly served our country. We are also thankful for the all the life lessons that our children will receive by being part of such a phenomenal group and mission.

5 Kelley M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The moment I met a veteran with his service dog from Semper K9, I fell in love with the mission. Shortly after that I signed up to help “here and there” and ended up having so much inspiration from Amanda and Chris that I ended up being their fundraising coordinator. It is truly a blessing to spend a lot weekends with my Semper K9 family out in the community sharing love and hope.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SemperK9 has been an amazing experience for me. As an avid dog lover and Army brat, it's important to save two lives in one.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Semper K9 has taught me a lot both about myself and my companion Persia. We both have learned and grown together thanks to the teaching and leadership of Christopher Baity as well as the very professional volunteer coaches/staff. The great thing about this organization is that all the services they provide are free to the veterans; from providing the veteran with a dog as well as providing the teaching and coaching to both the veteran and the service dog. Semper K9 is non-profit organization that is strictly run on donations and volunteers. Most of the dogs come from shelter and now and then from a breeder. Everyone is treated like family! Thank-you for accepting me, my family and Persia into your Semper K9 Family!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with SemperK9 has been a great experience for our family. All 5 kids, my husband and I have all gone through training and work with our SemperK9 puppy. We have trained one dog already for her Veteran. It is awesome to see Casey be exactly what her Veteran needs. We have great support from the SemperK9 team and jumped at the chance to work with another pup. She is going to grow up and do great things too! Thank you SemperK9 for giving us an opportunity to help Veterans in a real tangible way.

5 WildWhispers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes it's hard in the Veteran world to truly make life saving impact. Semper K9 Assistance Dogs has found a way to do just that. The dogs are only one small part of it. When you become a part of Semper K9, you join a family that is ready in everyway to make you apart of their mission. Semper K9's pups save lives and Semper K9's people change lives.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have no words for how incredible this organization and its member are. When my mom came home from Charming Charlie's a year ago and couldn't stop talking about a service dog she had met and the story of the organization, I knew that it would absolutely deserve some of my family's time and money. What I didn't realize was how committed this huge extended family of people was to changing the lives of veterans through service dogs and just how much a part of that family my own family would become. We first watched over a dog named Kiernan during a period of time when her veteran was very busy with family obligations/a cross-country move. She came into our house and changed our lives, and it was at this point that my mom realized just how much she wanted to be a proponent of the work Semper K9 does. Even my dad, who isn't a big snuggle person or dog lover for any dogs beside our own grew to love Kiernan and the mission of this organization. Countless fundraisers, training classes, down and waits, and one very special German Shepard puppy named Chuck later, my entire family is involved in Semper K9 training. It goes beyond that though - dog people are special people, but dog people who care about a mission of helping other people who have served our nation are unfathomably rare and it seems that they have all ended up under Chris and Amanda's wings, making a difference one pup and veteran at a time.

5 Cecilia D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only started working with Semper K9 last year. I have met some really amazing people and dogs. The founders are wonderful people. I help when I can and they don’t make you sign up for a certain amount of time they just want the volunteers to help when they can. I am greatful to have met these wonderful people

5 Amy L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Terrific organization. I attended graduation ceremony and was so touched hearing the stories from the veterans this organization helped with these dogs. I see firsthand as my neighbor trains her service dog and then the service dog with their veteran, helping them in their life. What a wonderful gift this organization gives.