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Return to Life with Dignity and Independence

A New Leash On Life

Service-related trauma keeps veterans from living the life they deserve. They fought for our freedom. We fight for theirs. Our primary focus is to restore and support our veterans who have PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma (MST). For veterans who are willing to take the first step to regain independence in their life, we are here to help.

Our team supports veterans by navigating our scientifically proven process, pairing them with a trained Service Dog, and supporting them during and after the program – at no cost to the veteran.

K9 Treatment For Survival

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest Veteran service organization focused on providing highly trained Service Dogs to Warriors. Our program is focused on mitigating the debilitating symptoms of service-connected traumas. We validate our methods through tireless research and make breakthroughs every day. Successfully guiding a veteran through the K9s For Warriors program and providing them with a Service Dog doesn’t just change the Warrior’s life. It saves it.  

The majority of our K9s are rescued from shelters. In saving these animals from abandonment or euthanasia, we give them purpose. Each pair who graduates from our program represent two lives saved – the Service Dog and the Warrior. 

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Real Warriors. Real Stories.

Warrior FAQs

K9s For Warriors provides highly trained, accredited Service Dogs for service members who became disabled while serving our country. The disability does not have to be combat-related. Applicants must have a verified clinical diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, or MST to qualify for our program. At this time, K9s For Warriors does not provide Service Dogs to individuals who are legally blind, hearing impaired, or have significant mobility needs. We accept applications from all 50 states, Puerto Rico & Guam. Qualifying veterans can apply by clicking here.

K9s For Warriors is committed to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion in its program services and considers all applications regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, results of genetic testing, marital status, religion, age, marital status, military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

The Warrior Relations department will review the application, perform a background check and conduct a phone interview with the veteran applicant to learn more about his/her disability or disabilities, as well as home and work environment, personality, and family. This information allows K9s For Warriors to determine and then train the most suitable dog for each Warrior’s needs. Once accepted into the program, a class date is scheduled. Our team remains in constant communication with veterans on the waitlist to answer any questions, provide emotional support, as well as assist with other needs. Our waiting period is 18-24 months long but can change depending on a variety of factors. Our waiting period is typically shorter than those of similar agencies. If you’re ready for a Service Dog, apply by clicking here.

In total, the training program is three weeks. Warriors come to either our national headquarters in Ponte Vedra, Florida or to our beautiful Warrior Ranch in Helotes, Texas. They’re fully immersed in training for the entire three weeks and are provided onsite housing and meals, in addition to their daily training—all at no cost to them.

Day 1 expectations: When you arrive on campus, you will be greeted by a Warrior Relations team member. A personal property search will be conducted at this time. Unauthorized items may result in immediate dismissal from class. These items include firearms, alcohol, and illegal drugs (including marijuana and CBD), along with medication that is not in its original prescribed container.

K9s For Warriors prides itself in our dog pairing process. The pairing process is done by our Warrior trainers and dog trainers who consider your personality, activity level, etc., and match you with a dog who will best meet your needs.

You will not be able to choose which dog you are paired with. K9s For Warriors does not train owned pets because our dogs must meet very strict breed, height, weight, health & trainability criteria.

K9s For Warriors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and our service comes at no cost to our accepted veterans. The only cost is travel to and from our training location(s), with outside resources available to potentially assist with that.

We require a Primary Care Physician’s Report (PCP) from your clinician stating that you have been clinically diagnosed with service-connected PTSD and/or TBI and/or MST. The PCP Report must also state that you are both mentally & physically capable of sustaining our three week training regimen. The completed “Mental Health Verification” form must be attached and filled out by your clinician.

We require the completed “Agreement to Support” form. The veteran must provide the names and contact information of two individuals who have agreed to provide support to the Warrior/K9 team.

  • We require the member 4 copy of your DD214 that shows your signature & status of discharge.
  • We also require a full-length photo for identification purposes.

No, we do not allow visitors or caregivers to attend training with our Warriors. We do this to give the Warriors a chance to form a relationship with their dog without distraction. Violation of this policy will result in dismissal from the program. Family and caregivers will be invited to experience graduation on the final day of training, either virtually or in person.

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Are You A Veteran Ready To Move Forward With Life?

We want to help you heal if you’re willing to take the first step.

Are you in need of other forms of support?

Visit our veteran resources page for an extensive list of organizations that support veterans and their families.

Request A Tour

Thank you for your interest in touring our National Headquarters in Ponte Vedra, FL. K9s For Warriors is a residential training facility. Our Warriors live on our campus for 21 days while learning to work with their new Service Dogs. To respect our Warriors privacy, we are unable to accommodate field trips, large group outings, and large parties. Additionally, some of the tour information may not be suitable for children.

Adoptable Dog Waitlist

Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our dogs. We hope that your perfect fit becomes available soon! Please fill out the application below – and our Adoption Team will add you to our waitlist. 

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Station Dog Information Request

If you would like to inquire about the K9s For Warriors Station Dog Program, please share with us the following information:

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