SEMPER K9 ASSISTANCE DOGS

aka Semper K9   |   Quantico, VA   |  http://www.semperk9.org

Mission

Combat veteran founded and operated, Semper K9's mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing custom-trained service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Christopher Baity

Director of Operations

Amanda Baity

Main address

PO Box 451

Quantico, VA 22134 USA

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EIN

47-2671624

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Programs and results

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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?

Service Dogs (Shelter to Service)

Assist a service member with a physical (visible) or mental health challenge (invisible) for service everyday for 5–7 years. Fully-trained dogs are capable of bringing calm to a service member with PTSD and/or performing at least three disability mitigating tasks.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

While Semper K9 provides maintenance training free of charge to assistance dogs that have graduated our program, Semper K9 also provides maintenance training locally for handler’s and their K9 partners.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Community Education Program is presented at schools, civic organizations, businesses and government agencies. This program focuses on assistance dog and disability awareness and the impact that service dogs have on our wounded veterans. If you are interested in scheduling a representative from Semper K9 to attend your event or meeting please email us at [email protected] This is no charge to the community, however we accept donations of any size.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Veterans

Semper K9’s Family Integration Program coaches the families of service members to manage the difficulties they may face when bringing a service dog into their home. FIP is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the needs of each family. This program teaches military families how best to navigate their needs, resulting in stronger and healthier relationships.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans 2016

Awards

Washingtonian of the Year 2017

Washingtonian Magazine

American Made Heroes 2018

Evan William

Veteran Leadership 2019

Daughters of the American Revolution

Outstanding Member Leader 2021

Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans

Top Veterans in Business 2019

Washington Business Journal

Emerging Veteran Business 2018

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans 2016

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 animal adoptions

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs (Shelter to Service)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

Community Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

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

Veterans

Related Program

Service Dogs (Shelter to Service)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017 many of our maintenance training veterans graduated.This program is when a veteran has a dog that needs to be trained as a service dog or their current service dog needs new task training.

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.

Semper K9 significantly improves the lives of wounded veterans and their families. U.S. Service members who have experienced active combat begin to heal the visible and invisible wounds of war. Service dogs provide critical support that helps veterans regain a sense of connection and accessibility so they can strengthen family bonds and become productive citizens of the community. The dogs are rescued from shelters and then begin their own new life of purpose and service through training in the Semper K9 program.

By using partnerships in the veteran and military community, we provide outreach to connect with service members who need our assistance.

Semper K9 utilizes rescued dogs, custom trained for each service member's need. We also incorporate the family into parts of training to assist the family as a whole.

Since operations began in 2015, Semper K9 has placed 30 service dogs with veterans and their families. With the recent purchase of 33 acres in Catlett on Brent Town Road adjacent to Marine Base Quantico, Semper K9 plans to build an 8,000 square foot facility to train dogs rescued from local shelters as service dogs for wounded veterans. The services provided by Semper K9 are at no cost to the veterans, and the facility will allow service members and their families to have a safe and comfortable environment to train and bond with their new family member.

The facility that is planned will allow growth for up to 48 dog teams to graduate, thus tripling the current outputs. Having a stand-alone location, program operations will also run more proficiently allowing savings in program expenses.

Our founder was awarded Washingtonian of the Year for 2017 by Washingtonian Magazine and selected as Evan Williams American-Made Hero. Both of these, along with being featured on a national scope by Mike Rowe and his Facebook Watch "television" show Returning the Favor has allowed our small nonprofit to be in the spotlight, thus attracting new donors, volunteers and veterans to assist.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve disabled American veterans and their families. Assessments are sent during and after training along with questionnaires for immediate family or those who identify as the caregiver of the veteran.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have added additional training for those we serve and staff to incorporate changes in our community and the population we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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SEMPER K9 ASSISTANCE DOGS

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

TIsa Newhouse

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/08/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/21/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.