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K9 Care Montana, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

2 Chris262

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the day we brought this angel, Dakota, home from Phillipsburg a year and a half ago, she has made a tremendous impact in the lives of my husband and I. We had seen the amazing work that David Riggs had done with other veterans, and when we were chosen to receive this amazing gift we were thrilled and nervous at the same time. Would she fit in with us? and our other dogs? Would we be able to train her right? Would we mess her up?

Dakota has made our house a home again, with laughter and entertainment. She has made it so that my husband is able to do so many of the things that had become "uncomfortable" doing. In the short amount of time that we have been blessed with Dakota; she has traveled with my husband on a boat, bus, plane; gone across the country; enabled him to start going to shows and begin working and attending events; and allowed him go places that he hadn't dared venture in years.

Dakota has become such an amazing member of our home. She fits in to our family, our "dog family" and our lives so perfectly I can't imagine life without her. She is strong, and smart, and funny. David has chosen such a noble profession and is so dedicated to all of his "clients".

Thank you David Riggs for making our lives that much better!!! We will always be here for you!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I was introduced to David Riggs, Founder of K9 Care Montana. My first impression was spot on: he has an incredible passion and commitment to helping those in need through the service dogs he provides to recipientsee at no cost to the families. You can truly see the positive impact he has on the those involved in the program. His service provides families with new opportunities and opens doors to independence and freedoms that were previously not available to them.

Since my initial meeting, I have started to volunteer for K9 Care Montana to better help him continue his mission of providing service dogs to those in need.

K9 Care Montana is a great non-profit to support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being associated with K9 Care Montana since the 2014. My husband is a wounded veteran and was fortunate enough to be selected as a recipient for a service dog from K9 Care Montana. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the positive impact his service dog has made in his life. The benefit of his service dog has been a true gift and provides him more freedom and independence than he ever imagined he could have.

K9 Care Montana is an incredible organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of wounded veterans and their families.

We are honored to be part of this organization and highly recommend them. They have proven their dedication and commitment to helping those in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a recipient of an ASDiT, Timber this past April. Timber has been such a joy to our family. His bond with my daughter was instant and is growing into something so beautiful through the foster program. She is honored to be instrumental in the training process and has learned so much from this experience. Even though he is only 10 months old, Timber already reads her so well and knows what she needs even before she does. It's an amazing thing to watch. They are best buds. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these two! David, thanks for your dedication and passion!

2 Keith67

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was one of the first Warriors chosen to receive a dog from K9 care. Dogman has gone above and beyond anything excited since I started in the program in 2012. My service dog is my lifeline most days, and is currently curled up on the couch next to me snoring away. Without K9 care and Dogman I don't known where I would be today

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dogman puts his heart n soul into K9 Care!!! Always has a smile & warm hug for his friends & loved by everyone.
Thank You for all that you do!
God Bless

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Client Served

Rating: 5

David Riggs truly lives his life to help others. Having one of his dogs has allowed me to live a life I never thought I would be able to live. He develops life long friendships with his service dog families and lives the motto "Serving those that have served us"..

1 Tangi L.

Donor

Rating: 5

K9 care produces high quality service dogs. I got the privilege of seeing many of the dogs at work over the weekend at a banquet. I was very impressed with the training the dogs receive as well as the training the veterans receive on handling the dogs. Great organization, look forward to seeing it grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to K9 Care MT. Your service to our country's wounded warriors and children with autism is outstanding. I am thankful having been paired with Jade. She is my battle buddy. She knows me, she has adapted to me, and I can always count on her to be there. She is safety and comfort when I couldn't find anywhere or anything else that felt safe. Jade has helped me in being able to open up again to the world. There truly are no words to express the positive impact she has made and continues to make. K9 Care MT has been a bridge to connection with myself and my recovery. David Riggs is the piece that has brought light to the dark, encouraging healing, growth, and sustainability. Thank you

1 SEEBKT

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you K9CM for everything you do! There are no words to describe how important you are to the people's lives that you touch!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has changed our families lives! Maverick Abrams is a perfect fit to the Scott family, my husband has done a complete turn around and were still early into this process. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for disabled vets and families with special needs!

1 Denise146

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of this outstanding nonprofit and it's founder, David Riggs. As someone who was raised by an Army vet and now has worked for years with children and families dealing with autism, I am very proud to support this work that benefits both in such an efficient yet heartwarming way. Any family or individual in need of a service dog would be blessed beyond belief by the experience of meeting, bonding with and learning from their dog if doing so led by Mr. Riggs. He is a true hero to so many and yet as humble a servant as you will ever come across. This is how nonprofits should be run- with heart and true passion.

Corinne T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of a soldier/recipient and I work with children with special needs so I know first hand how a service dog can change lives. I am forever grateful for K9Care Montana and the devotion David Riggs has towards helping others with his work and service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

K9 Care Montana has changed our lives with our newest addition Sam. David and Kelly both are two incredible individuals that are committed to helping families live more of a normal life with their service dogs. We have been blessed by getting connected with this non profit organization committed to giving back.

Sanders Family
Missoula, MT

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother, a wounded warrior that served in Iraq, received a service dog from K9 Care Montana. You could see an instant change when this new puppy entered his and his family's life. Having this puppy, who is loyal as can be, has meant the world my brother. K9 Care Montana did exactly what their website says, provide a high quality service dog to a wounded warrior in need. For some, these pets are the only thing that keeps them going. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do for our nation's heroes that have sacrificed so much.