K9 For Warriors Cause Campaign
  • K9 For Warriors Mike's story
  • K9 For Warriors Ben's story
  • K9 For Warriors Joe's story
  • K9 For Warriors Shari's story
  • K9 For Warriors Shari's story
  • K9 For Warriors Melissa's story
  • K9 For Warriors Scott's story
  • K9 For Warriors Jack's story
 

MIKE, CAROL, CHRISTINE AND RAVEN'S STORY

Most of the dogs in the K9s For Warriors program are rescued from shelters and given a second chance at life. But some, like Raven, are donated. Watch and learn how one couple raises puppies in order to help American heroes reclaim their lives.

Joe & Lilly's Story

"If I didn't have Lilly, I don't think I'd be here." — Joe

Where are they now?

Update: Melissa and Chauncey

Previously a medic with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, Melissa Maher's love of public
speaking (and acting!) led her to join Toastmasters International, where she has won several
competitions and serves as an area governor. In 2014, she earned her associate degree in social
work and is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration.

 

Where are they now?

Update: Scott and Whiskey

U.S. Army veteran Scott Young, who served in Iraq and Kosovo, is an ambassador for K9s For Warriors, sharing his unique insights on post­-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the power of the warrior/dog bond at events throughout the year. Speaking of that special bond, Scott reports that Whiskey continues to enrich his life and remains as adorable as ever!

 

Update: Jason and Axel

Jason Haag, retired Marine Corps captain and soon-to-be-published author, speaks on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) across the country and serves as an ambassador for K9s For Warriors. He played an integral role in the creation of new laws allowing service canines in public establishments in Virginia and Florida.

 

BEN & ARLEIGH'S STORY

The stress of battle in Iraq made Ben Stepp a person he could barely recognize. The things he saw and did left scars unseen to the eye, making his transition to civilian life his biggest challenge—that is, until he met his service dog, Arleigh. Learn about his worst day in Iraq and how K9s For Warriors saved him.

 

KEVIN, LISA & BELLA'S STORY

Kevin Crowell's military service spans the period from the Panama invasion all the way to the war in Iraq. Along the way, the trauma he experienced placed hardships on not only him, but on his wife, Lisa. Find out more about how Kevin's PTSD affected his marriage and how Bella, his service dog, came along at the right time.

 

Where are they now?

Update: Shari, Brett and Reagan

K9s For Warriors founder Shari Duvall and her son, Brett Simon, Director for K9 Operations, are overseeing the completion of a new facility in Nocatee, Florida, which will quadruple the number of warrior/dog teams it currently graduates. Shari also created K9s For Warriors' signature Stop 22 campaign to raise awareness of the suicide crisis among veterans; the count currently sits at 22 per day. Brett remains heavily involved in the day-to-day training of warriors and dogs.

 

Where are they now?

Update: Jack and Rocco

In October 2014, Jack Capra retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of service, during which time he achieved the rank of captain with the Judge Advocate General Corps. Capra, an attorney with the state of Florida, currently is working on his (second) doctorate.

 

A new leash on life.

K9 Advantix® II: The Official Flea and Tick
Preventive of K9s For Warriors

Bayer Animal Health understands the powerful bond between dog
and owner. That’s why we’re proud to partner for a second year with
K9s For Warriors which pairs trained shelter dogs with veterans
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic
brain injury (TBI) to help them transition back to civilian life.

Learn more about how K9s For Warriors supports American
heroes—and the shelter dogs that transform their lives.

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WHERE TO BUY
K9 Advantix® II

 

Do not use on cats.

The official flea & tick preventive of K9s For Warriors

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
JAVELIN
Class of 2015

Javelin is a Labrador-hound mix. He was donated by Foothills Humane Society in Columbus, North Carolina, as part of their Service Animal Project, which identifies and assesses shelter and rescue dogs for characteristics needed in service dogs for wounded warriors. Javelin, a very loving and affectionate dog, is currently in pre-warrior training.

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
APOLLO
Class of 2015

Apollo’s story could have been heartbreaking, but luckily, he was donated to K9s For Warriors by Saffari Rescue in Flagler County, Florida, after being found abandoned and tied-up at a truck stop. Apollo is a boisterous, playful yellow Labrador retriever who is also very affectionate and eager to please. He is currently in pre-warrior training.

 

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DUKE
Class of 2015

Duke was donated to K9s For Warriors by a family in North Carolina. Although he may have a classic boxer face, he is not as serious as he looks! He is very affectionate and bonded instantly with the warrior he was placed with in February. It is not often a boxer is chosen to be a service dog, but Duke is very special and the right dog for the job.

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
RAVEN
Class of 2015

Raven—who came to K9s For Warriors with her brother, Hawk, was a puppy raised in Florida by a wonderful couple. Raven and her foster parents have been on many adventures including traveling and visiting family. She is a very smart, playful and alert dog. She started her advanced training and is ready when it’s time to meet her warrior!

 

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ARLEIGH
Class of 2015

Arleigh's journey to K9s For Warriors began when she was dropped off at a shelter in Gwinnett County, Pennsylvania. It was clear there was something special about this beautiful Labrador cross, so she made her way to Florida and on to the Bayer K9 Advantix® II dog team. Arleigh is a smart, energetic dog who is always ready to play. She's also an affectionate snuggler who loves to give kisses, and she greets new people by shaking hands!

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
REMINGTON STEELE | Class of 2014
  • Remington Steele's story
  • How is he doing

Remington Steele, underweight and homeless, was found wandering alone in a Florida dog park. He went unclaimed for three weeks before finally finding a home at K9s For Warriors. A striking Weimaraner–a dog breed known for excellent hunting skills and boundless energy–Remington Steele was such a standout that he was selected as the first member of the new elite squad, the K9 Advantix® II dog team!

Update from Warrior Chris: Remington Steele is helping me return to a somewhat normal life again. He loves California, and his superstar looks make him a celebrity wherever he goes!

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
KARMA | Class of 2014
  • Karma's story
  • How is she doing

Slated to be put down within a week at a shelter, Karma, a cross between a Belgian Malinois and a Labrador Retriever, was brought to K9s For Warriors. After months of training, sweet Karma was paired with Debra, a combat veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Karma provides space control to give Debra extra personal room, will alert Debra with a tail wag when someone is approaching from behind and wakes her up during night terrors. Both have been given a new leash on life.

Update from Warrior Debra: Since being paired with me, Karma has made a real difference in not only my life, but also in the lives of everyone she meets. During a sleepover at my cousin Brenda's house — a first time away from our home — Brenda, who'd just lost her dog of 15 years, found great comfort in Karma. She fell in love with Karma instantly and was amazed at her training. I don't know what I'd do without Karma.

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
ICEMAN | Class of 2014
  • Iceman's story
  • How is he doing

Iceman was donated to K9s For Warriors as a puppy by a Jacksonville Sheriff's officer— his desire to serve and protect was innate. After receiving special training, Iceman amplified his ability to serve, allowing him to be paired with his owner Jesse, a brave veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress and mobility issues. Iceman is Jesse's top gun wing man, providing space control in crowded places and bracing to help Jesse with his mobility issues. Iceman is truly a wingman dog.

Update from Warrior Jesse: Iceman and I have an agreement: after he works for me, I have to play fetch with him! He never tires, and, if he could, he'd play all day. He loves going for long walks and chasing squirrels in the woods. Iceman goes to the gym with me and gets compliments for how well-behaved he is. He loves to cuddle and has a new best friend — my son's new puppy!

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team.
DENVER | Class of 2014
  • Denver's story
  • How is he doing

As a puppy, Denver was neglected and eventually ran away from his home. When found, Denver's family refused to take him back. He had no home and no place to go. With help from the Service Animal Project, Denver found his way to the K9s For Warriors program. Denver is now a hero, protecting one of our American warriors who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), providing space control and additional tasks to help his hero.

Update from Warrior Hai: My bond with Denver grew stronger when I discovered he needs support, too. He was nervous eating around other dogs and trembled when entering water. So I sat beside Denver when he ate and eased him into the water. Now he's comfortable at mealtime and enjoys splashing in the river. The simple act of grabbing a twig off the ground, waving it and watching him want it so bad reminds me of his purity and innocence — and brings me back down to Earth.

 

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GUINNESS | Class of 2014
  • Guinness' story
  • How is he doing

Guinness and his brother were adopted from a shelter as puppies. As the two grew older, Guinness' brother started attacking him. Guinness' family thought he would be safer with another family, so they decided to put him up for adoption. Once again in a shelter, time passed, and Guinness only had three hours before being euthanized when SAFARI saved his life. Now Guinness has been given another leash on life as a member
of the K9 Advantix® II dog team, helping transform veterans' lives.

Update from Warrior Hugh: I began working at K9s For Warriors before I entered the program as a member. Now, as a warrior graduate and kennel master, I have a deeper appreciation of how our program changes lives. Having Guinness beside me every step of the way makes my life easier. We've been helping each other go out more, and, when I work out, he gets some running time in, too. Guinness and I are beginning to have a better, healthier life.

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team:
SONYA | Class of 2014
  • Sonya's story
  • How is she doing

Sonya was a mother-to-be when she was saved by Special Animal Friends and Rescue, Inc. Her puppies all found loving homes, but Sonya was left alone without a home for herself. When she came to K9s For Warriors, she was very untrusting of people, but it was evident she had a good heart. With some love and training, Sonya has transformed into a hero and soon-to-be service dog, helping America's veterans.

Update from Warrior Kariann: Sonya and I have been enjoying life to the fullest — that means going Jet-Skiing and attending baseball games again! I am so fortunate she entered my life!

 

Meet the K9 Advantix® II dog team:
CHIEF | Class of 2014
  • Chief's story
  • How is he doing

Chief, a pointer/hound mix, was dropped off at a shelter in North Carolina and remained there for more than 60 days. The Service Animal Project discovered this quirky looking dog, which turned out to be extremely intelligent. It was evident he was destined for great things and was brought to K9s For Warriors for training. Hounds have a phenomenal gift of stamina, and pointers are extremely loyal — traits that will serve him well in his new life as a service dog to a deserving warrior.

Update from Warrior Mike: This quirky, unique-looking dog is wonderful. Chief is ready when it's time to go to work and performs his duties flawlessly. But he also has that silly puppy side you can sit and watch and have a good giggle over. Chief provides space control and braces for me if needed, due to my mobility issues. He's enabled this combat vet — who couldn't leave home due to anxiety and paranoia — to go out and be comfortable, as long as Chief is by my side.

 

 
  • 2015
  •  Javelin
  •  Apollo
  •  Duke
  •  Raven
  •  Arleigh
  • 2014
  •   Remington
    Steele
  •   Karma
  •   Iceman
  •   Denver
  •   Guinness
  •   Sonya
  •   Chief
 

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