K9s For Warriors

K9s For Warriors

Warriors from around the nation travel to the organization’s headquarters, Camp K9, in Ponte Vedra, Florida, to bond and train with their dogs for 21 days.

Some program inclusions are:

  • Lodging and meals
  • Service canine
  • Service canine vest and other equipment
  • 120 hours of training
  • Legal instruction
  • Veterinarian care
  • Certification
  • Support
  • Wrap-around services


K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of post 9/11 military service. The organization’s goal is to give a new leash on life to rescue dogs and military heroes, empowering warriors to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.


K9s For Warriors

K9s For Warriors, an organization that pairs service dogs with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and other debilitating effects of war, was founded in 2011 by Shari Duval. After her son, Brett, returned home as a contractor from Iraq with PTS, Duval recognized that there was a need to effectively treat the devastating epidemic. Through a three-week, live-in training program – at no cost to the veteran – K9s For Warriors graduates are able to return to civilian life with dignity and independence while reducing their risk for suicide. A majority of the dogs used in the program are rescued. The canines are intricately evaluated and trained, then paired with a veteran. K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for veterans with PTS.


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