Our mission is to empower veterans and their family members suffering from mental or emotional disorders, to live independently with the companionship of a professionally trained dog that we’ve rescued from a shelter.
Why We Do It
Veterans and animal lovers who want to help veterans and their families while saving the lives of sheltered dogs started K-9s for Heroes Inc. As Americans we owe our veterans a huge debt of gratitude for their bravery and sacrifices to protect the freedom of Americans.Learn More
With the help of our friends and supporters, we need donations to help us acquire a building with land in Florida that will house the training facility for the companion dogs and be home for the K-9 trainees as they go through the training program.Learn More
Win - Win
K-9s for Heroes does not believe in hiring professional fundraisers. We will not out-source the fundraising to professional for-profit companies who keep most of your donations. We would rather offer the job to out-of-work veterans and Americans here in Florida.Learn More
K-9s for Heroes is a brand new organization that started in 2015. With the help of our friends and supporters, we need donations to help us acquire a building with land in Florida that will house the training facility for the companion dogs and be home for the K-9 trainees as they go through the training program. We need volunteer to assist with caring for the dogs and building the training areas, as well as dog trainers and groomers. Our goal for 2016 is to rescue and train our first shelter dog and place it with a veteran or veteran family member so that they both can enjoy the love and companionship that they will bring each other.
Who Is Eligible?
Any veteran or family member of a veteran, diagnosed with a psychological or emotional condition, which may benefit from a trained companion dog. Each recipient of a K-9 companion must be able to solely care for a dog. Recipients will be provided the basics they will need to start life with your new best friend.
How It Works?
Veterans visit our website www.K94Heroes.org and fill out the online pre-application. Our staff will review all of the applications received. Once an applicant is qualified, we will contact the applicant to set a phone or in-person meeting with the applicant. Once selected, the applicant will be involved with the selection of their K-9 so that the perfect K-9 is being selected for the applicant’s personality and lifestyle. Once the right K-9 is selected, the K-9 will spend time with a K-9s for Heroes trainer for evaluation. The trainer will work with the applicant and companion dog to teach the dog basic obedience and proper manners so that both the applicant and the dog will be happy in the partnership.
K-9s for Heroes will provide each applicant with a positive experience from start to finish. We will work with every applicant on a case-by-case basis so they get the perfect K-9 companion. Once approved the applicant will be involved with the selection of their K-9 companion, and will also be involved with a series of training sessions with their K-9 companion. We will follow-up with each applicant and their K-9 companion periodically to ensure that the partnership continues to be the perfect match. If K-9s for Heroes cannot meet the veteran’s needs we will do our best to refer the veteran to another program or resource that can help them.