K-9s For Heroes is a newly founded (pending) non-profit organization founded by veterans and animal lovers who know how much a dog can touch a person’s life. 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. These companion dogs will be trained and placed with each qualified person, at no expense to the individual. The cost will be covered by donations received by K-9s For Heroes from the public.
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. We also can’t forget the sacrifices that the veterans’ families have made, such as caring for the veteran’s children, pets, homes, etc. Many veterans return to civilian life with physical and emotional injuries that make it difficult to impossible to transition back to the civilian life they once knew. This transition takes a toll on the family of these veterans as well, as they are typically the sole caretakers for the veteran when they return from their tour of duty. Several veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and this mental illness not only affects the veteran but also puts a huge mental and emotional strain on the family of that veteran.
Every year in the U.S. there are 3.9 million dogs that enter shelters. 1.2 million of those are euthanized and 1.4 million are adopted. Only 26% of strays that enter shelters are returned to their owners. K-9s For Heroes wants to save as many of these dogs as possible by finding a loving forever home for them that will provide them the love, companionship and stability that they so deserve.
Our goal is to help the veteran or family member to regain a life of independence, and to save the lives of dogs in shelters by partnering them together for a happy life together.