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K9s For Warriors

A New Leash on Life

Ponte Vedra, FL   |  www.k9sforwarriors.org

Mission

K9s For Warriors's goal is to end veteran suicide and return our warriors to a life of dignity and independence. We train rescue dogs to be paired as Service Dogs for warriors with service-connected Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Carl Cricco

Main address

114 Camp K9 Road

Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 USA

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EIN

27-5219467

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

An overwhelming number of veterans commit suicide every day. The mission of K9s For Warriors is to stop these daily suicides altogether through a three-week, live-in training program - at no cost to the veteran. Before the program, the average warrior is on 20 different medications a day; after the program, 92-percent will reduce or even eliminate their prescriptions. Service canines are a treatment aid for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST); where medications often fail. Service canines are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities. Our in-house program provides each warrior with 120 hours of hands-on training with professional canine and warrior trainers. Each dog utilized in the program is carefully selected and extensively trained to become a service dog for an American hero.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Residential service dog training program

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research studies that use methods that alleviate or minimize potential pain, suffering, or distress and enhance animal welfare for the animals used

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual number of program graduates. To safeguard our staff and Warriors and to comply with CDC COVID guidelines, our monthly class size has typically been reduced by as much as two-thirds in 2020.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual number of dogs rescued from shelters or surrendered by an owner.

Annual number of sites visited at least once

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of animal shelters & rescues visited evaluating dogs for the program.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total amount of volunteer hours per year. Total hours decreased for 2021, based on Covid-19 protocols.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Warrior Service Dog/ Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of volunteers.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At K9s For Warriors, we are doing everything we can to combat the 20 veteran suicides each day. Through our life-saving program, we help our American heroes thrive and return to civilian life with tools and techniques to manage the symptoms of PTSD and other invisible wounds of war.

In addition, K9s For Warriors realizes we are in a place to help more than just warriors with our program. With more than 700,000 shelter dogs euthanized in America each year, we have designed our program to use rescue dogs. The majority of the dogs in our program come from rescue shelters or are owner-surrendered. We save the dog, who then saves the veteran.

To help stop the large number of daily veteran suicides, K9s For Warriors has developed a comprehensive Service Dog program. During the unique, three-week residential program, K9FW provides a fully trained, highly skilled service canine, in-depth training, certification, equipment, educational seminars, veterinary care, meals, and housing. Each month, a cohort of up to 20 warriors lives together at our residential facilities to train continuously with their Service Dogs. The Service Dogs are matched to warriors by abilities of the animal and needs of the individual. An added benefit of our training approach is the peer support the veterans receive from one another, as well as from the Warrior Trainers who have gone through the program themselves. During training, the warriors are provided daily activities to integrate progressively into community settings with their dog through a variety of situations. These include going to open play areas, retail centers, restaurants, grocery stores and other public areas. The warriors learn how to push through perceived boundaries and anxiety-provoking situations with the dogs by their side, using the techniques and tools only a service dog can provide. By offering the opportunity to live and train together, our program applies the team mentality these veterans are accustomed to from their military service. Our program's community integration aspect is key to learning and applying the skills needed for the recovery process. Warriors gain a sense of trust and confidence in their dog, as well as in the community, which provides the platform for healing to begin. With new peer relationships, and the techniques learned, the warrior returns home with the means to regain his or her life as a whole person, with dignity and independence. Our commitment is for a lifetime, and our Warriors will have a K9s For Warriors Service Dog for as long as they need one. In addition, we provide lifetime wrap-around services consisting of certification management, crisis support, community-resource navigation, legal advocacy, and assistance with Service Dog-related issues.

Our three-week in-house training program matches a veteran with a service dog specifically chosen for him or her. Our state-of-the-art facility provides bedrooms (aka "warrior suites"), a clubhouse, fully-equipped kitchen, exercise room, dog bone-shaped pool, and ample outdoor roaming and training space. In early 2018 we opened our second campus in Alachua, Florida. In 2021 a new kennel facility in San Antonio, TX, built in cooperation with the city's rescue shelter, opened its doors and is K9FW's first location outside of Florida. May 2022 we opened a Warrior facility in San Antonio and graduated our first class of Warriors outside the state of Florida.

K9s For Warriors opened its doors in 2011 with the modest goal of graduating one Warrior-Canine team each month. Less than 10 years later, K9FW has become the nation's largest provider of Service Dogs for disabled American veterans. Since 2011, we have rescued nearly 2,000 dogs, and graduated more than 825 Warrior-Service Dog teams. K9FW currently has graduates in 48 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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K9s For Warriors

Board of directors
as of 10/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Daniel Bean

Attorney -- Abel Bean Law

Term: 2019 -

Pat A. Delaney

Navy Wives Club of America

Joseph W. Swoboda

United States Army, Retired

Bob L. Fleckenstein

Summit Contractors Group, Retired

Ronald V. Swanson

Florida First District Court of Appeal

Daniel K. Bean

Abel Bean Law

Richard T. Burke

Advanced Disposal, CEO

Pete T. Krainik

The CMO CLUB, Founder

Young E. Hall

Rex Corporation, CEO, retired

Dane Grey

Elite Parking Services of America

Matthew Wotiz

OrbiMed, Principal

Michael Fleming, Brigadier General (RET)

Cohen Veterans Network, Outreach Director

Tony Goland

M&Z Enterprises

Daphne Neveras-Lupfer

Dupont (Ret.)

Cherya Cavanaugh

Keller-Williams Atlantic Partners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable