Founded in 2011 by Shari Duval with the hopes of pairing 12 Warrior-Canine teams a year, the program has graduated over 263 Warrior/Canine teams. 90% of the dogs in the program come from rescue shelters or are owner surrendered. All dogs must pass a careful evaluation and screening process.
Why is it needed?
- There are 184 new cases of PTSD diagnosed every day from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- 22 VETERANS ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE DAILY
- Too often prescription drugs are the only answer given to a veteran. The average warrior is on 10-15 meds when they begin the program. 92% will eliminate or reduce prescription medications after they graduate from K9s For Warriors.
- There are over 3.5 million dogs that are euthanized in rescue shelters every year, many are wonderful dogs that can be trained to be service dogs for deserving veterans.
What is PTSD or Post-traumatic stress disability?
- Panic Attacks
- For Civilians it’s that feeling that you get when you are almost in a car accident, the adrenaline rushes through you body, your heart pounds but in a few minutes a civilian knows that they are safe and goes about their day, a combat veteran can’t.
There is a recovery from PTSD & TBI, it’s a prescription on four legs, a service dog from K9s For Warriors.
What is the program?
- A three week in house program. K9s For Warriors provides a trained service K9, housing, all meals, equipment, veterinary care, 120 hours of training with their new service K9 in a family type atmosphere that provides essential peer to peer support during the three week stay.
How does a service K9 help?
- Block (dog places themselves between warrior and someone approaching)
- Cover (dog stands and faces backwards and alerts by a tail wag or ears perk if someone is approaching behind)
- Additional tasks trained per warrior’s unique needs ( retrieve items, assist with mobility, brace to help a physically disabled warrior stand)
- May wake up from nightmares
- Unconditional love and support
- Bond that grows between warrior and dog
Where does all this take place?
- We have small, dedicated staff and there are over 1,200 volunteers who give of their time and talents to K9s For Warriors
- K9s For Warriors welcomes donors to come visit and take a tour of the Dog House when warriors are not in session (for privacy reasons) and see where your dollars are going
- On April 30, 2015 – K9s For Warriors celebrated the grand opening of a brand new, 8-acre, state of the art facility that will allow us to quadruple the number of warriors served. The challenge is now to raise the additional funding needed for the additional capacity.
- On September 29, 2016-K9s For Warriors opened the second kennel which can house up to 27 dogs in training. The 17,000 square foot training facility can now house and train up to 54 dogs at full capacity.
Visit the website www.k9sforwarriors.og to learn more. Our warriors need and deserve help, invest in K9s For Warriors and you invest in a warriors future.
K9s For Warriors is a 501©3 dedicated to our American Warriors who have sacrificed their tomorrows for our today’s.