K9 HERO PORTRAIT PROJECT

Stillwater, PA   |  k9hpp.org

Mission

The K9 Hero Portrait Project was created to provide soldiers, handlers and adoptive owners a commemorative portrait of their K9 Hero while educating the public about the working dog’s service and career. This includes portraits for handlers who were unable to adopt their partners due to redeployment of either the soldier or the K9. Our fundraising efforts are used to support the K9HPP as well as supporting like-minded organizations that provide services for K9 Heroes and our veterans with disabilities and PTSD

Notes from the nonprofit

The K9 Hero Portrait Project was created in the Spring of 2013 after a week of sad events involving military and law enforcement K9's who were killed in action, injured or passed suddenly. Before completing our first portrait of MWD Gabe K153 SSD, the 2012 American Humane Association's Hero Dog of the Year, the founder, Loreen Pantaleone decided this was her way of giving back. Within hours of announcing on social media that "The K9 Hero Portrait Project" was being formed, five active and retired soldiers immediately contacted her to see if their military dog could be in the program. One soldier was in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan and was using his "family time" to contact Loreen and talk with her about his portrait, that's how much these K9's mean to these men and women. Since then, the nominations and queue for paintings of qualified K9's has grown to several years out and is in no way slowing down. The only way to continue the project, present these portraits in person and show our men and women of law enforcement, military and retired military, is by the donations and sales of the memorabilia items after a portrait is complete. Each person who has received a painting tells us of the impact, how at times, the "painting is the only thing keeping (them) here". As we heard this same story over and over from those who lost their K9 partner, we realized that more needed to be done to help these men and women when they retire, so they don't become another statistic in military or LEO suicide. We are expanding our reach by educating the public about these K9 heroes as well as the trauma inflicted that leaves the unseen scars: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and how service dogs can help those affected.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

LOREEN PANTALEONE

Main address

137 Hyview Rd

Stillwater, PA 17878 USA

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EIN

46-2420850

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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K9 Hero Portrait Project Program

Project that paints and donates large portraits to soldiers and handlers of K9 Heroes.

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We continue to impact recipients of our paintings by donating proceeds of product sales (prints, challenge coins and other memorabilia), to the associated organization that hero was from.
All of the painting recipients feel that we have captured the spirit in our work of their K9 Hero for them to cherish always.
We will continue to expand our mission by assisting in Veteran PTSD and working dog organizations so that no hero or their partner is ever forgotten and will work with Veteran transitioning programs for those who have recently retired from the military.

The K9 Hero Portrait Project has recently partnered up with multiple Veteran PTSD organizations as well as transitioning programs and local law enforcement. By showing our support to the men and women who have served our country, whether stateside or abroad, and utilizing the ever growing support network within these areas, we feel we can impact more lives and with a broader audience.

Our project's success lies within it's board of directors. From experience with business and financial, artistry, networking and media presence, our founder and President is able to tackle the foundation of our program - the fine art.
The remaining board members consist of high ranking law enforcement as well as emergency management, first-responder and retired United States Air Force Sergeant and Purple Heart Recipient. By having a strong board with experience in all aspects of our mission, our program will continue to succeed.

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K9 HERO PORTRAIT PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2017
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Board chair

GEORGE CAMPBELL