K9s For Warriors is dedicated to provide service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11.
Every hour, a veteran commits suicide according to the Department Of Veteran Affairs! Service dogs are a natural cure for PTSD! K9s For Warriors rescues dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. It costs approximately $10,000 to graduate one veteran/canine team from the time the dog is accepted into training. This includes housing, feeding, and training with his veteran for three weeks. We hope you can donate $11 or what ever amount you can afford..
K9s For Warriors is 100% proven, transparent and successful! 94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veteran & service dogs. Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. Shari Duval, the founder and Executive Director of K9s For Warriors takes no salary.
- The cost of finding, evaluating the dogs.
- The cost of feeding them, lots of treats for training!
- The cost of professional trainers to work with the dogs training them to be full service dog & veterinary care while they are in the kennels
- Housing & Meals for the warriors while they complete their three weeks here at the K9s For Warriors campus, maintenance & food for the house.
- Equipment, specialty leashes, collopsable water bowl for their kit, service vest, etc.
- The van, gas & maintenance cost associated with taking the warriors into public spaces. After day 3 they are re-introduced back into civilian society and most of the training is out and about town.
- The final health check up and final veterinary visit. All dogs are spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before graduation and all shots are current and health verified before they go home with their new warrior.
- Office Staff to handle warrior applications & screenings and post graduation follow up.
All dogs are trained to:
- block- place themselves between their warrior and the approaching people to give their warrior additional personal space
- cover-face backwards and alert by wagging their tail if someone is approaching
- to react to anxiety/panic attacks and provide grounding/reassurance
- lap-to place their head, paw or entire upper body in their warriors’ lap on command
additional tasks if needed: (depends on warriors physical needs)
- assist with getting out of bed or chairs for mobility restricted warriors
- assist with stairs for balance challenged warriors
- assist with stability for balance/vertigo
- retrieval of a prosthetic limb
- retrieval of a cane
- retrieval of a dropped item
- corner-go in front of the warrior and check around corners if someone is there alert by tail wag