From Stray to Statesman: Rocky, the Resilient Rescue Dog, Runs for President
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by Courtenay Kinsey
6d ago
Rocky, a once-stray mixed-breed rescue dog, now a Service Dog in training at K9s For Warriors, is throwing his paws into the 2024 race to the White House. This is a true underdog story! Rocky’s journey from stray to presidential candidate began in January of this year. Bradford County Animal Services in Florida found him wandering the streets. While he had a temporary home at the shelter, Rocky was at risk of being put down. That’s the unfortunate reality many shelter dogs across the country face. Rocky was originally called Slider because he didn’t quite know how to walk on a lea ..read more
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K9s For Warriors Hosts Salute To Moms
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by Courtenay Kinsey
6d ago
K9s For Warriors Hosts Salute To Moms Thursday, May 16, 2024 Warrior/K9 Program 2 min read May 3, 2024 – K9s For Warriors hosted the second annual Salute To Moms, celebrating all the women who have impacted our organization. The event took place at our Headquarters in Ponte Vedra, FL, with a Kentucky Derby theme. Each attendee had the opportunity to make their own flower arrangements at the Bouquet Bar, customize jewelry from Kendra Scott, savor the crafted display of Derby inspired cuisine from South Kitchen, and enjoy a refreshing Mint Julep or Raspberry French Press from Unb ..read more
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K9s For Warriors Hosts Salue To Moms
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by Courtenay Kinsey
2M ago
K9s For Warriors Hosts Salue To Moms Thursday, May 16, 2024 Warrior/K9 Program 2 min read May 3, 2024 – K9s For Warriors hosted the second annual Salute To Moms, celebrating all the women who have impacted our organization. The event took place at our Headquarters in Ponte Vedra, FL, with a Kentucky Derby theme. Each attendee had the opportunity to make their own flower arrangements at the Bouquet Bar, customize jewelry from Kendra Scott, savor the crafted display of Derby inspired cuisine from South Kitchen, and enjoy a refreshing Mint Julep or Raspberry French Press from Unbr ..read more
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It Felt Meant to Be
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by Courtenay Kinsey
2M ago
It Felt Meant to Be Sunday, May 12, 2024 Warrior Stories, Warrior/K9 Program 2 min read This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the moms and moms-at-heart in our lives. We celebrate Kerry, a Marine Corps Veteran who served from 1998-2007. “We are a Marine family,” she says. “My husband and son are both Marines.” But as proud as she is of her Marine family, Kerry says she served during a time when support for females was nonexistent. “I was successful but experienced harassment, assault and MST,” she says. “Being a Marine was both some of the best and worst times of my life.” Since ..read more
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Hope on the Horizon
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by Courtenay Kinsey
2M ago
Partnerships with Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation and the Broncos are vital to our mission. Hear from Warrior graduate, Eric who was paired with Rocket in 2023, sponsored by Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation and future Service Dogs Bucky & Thunder, sponsored by the Broncos. Sponsoring future Service Dogs saves Veteran lives. A Service Dog Made All the Difference Eric served in the Marine Corps from 1988-92, returning to civilian life with extreme anxiety, night terrors, panic attacks and thoughts of suicide with a near attempt — all stemming from PTSD. It took a decade for Eric to co ..read more
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Salute to Heroes Gala 2024 – An Evening Celebrating 1,000 Warriors & Service Dogs
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by Kevin Greene
4M ago
Salute to Heroes Gala 2024 – An Evening Celebrating 1,000 Warriors & Service Dogs Friday, March 1, 2024 Events 2 min read As the sun went down at Sawgrass Country Club, K9s For Warriors supporters, donors, and Veterans started arriving for this year’s Salute to Heroes Gala – a night dedicated to celebrating K9s For Warriors biggest milestone yet, pairing its 1,000th Warrior with a life-saving Service Dog in March and those that made it all possible. With 20 Veterans and their Service Dogs in attendance, representing each year K9s has been pairing Service Dogs with Vetera ..read more
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K9s For Warriors Hosts Third Annual Clay Shoot
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by Courtenay Kinsey
5M ago
K9s For Warriors Hosts Third Annual Clay Shoot Wednesday, April 5, 2023 Warrior/K9 Program 1 min read March 30, 2023 – K9s For Warriors marked our 12-year anniversary by hosting the third annual K9s For Warriors Clay Shoot. Thank you to all participants and sponsors who helped support our mission to end veteran suicide and honor those who serve and have served our country. This unique event was sponsored by 99.1 WQIK and 107.3 Planet radio and a was great opportunity for businesses and individuals to come together and create lasting memories while supporting a worthy cause. Eac ..read more
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UF College of Veterinary Medicine X K9s For Warriors: A Unique “Paw”tnership
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by Kevin Greene
6M ago
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine students and faculty made a special visit to our national headquarters in 2023 to kickstart an especially unique “paw”tnership. The group traveled 75 miles from the Gainesville-based campus to volunteer their time and skills and perform examinations on future K9s For Warriors Service Dogs. During their first visit, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine team completed ophthalmology and cardiology exams on roughly 120 dogs, providing vital hands-on experience for these future veterinarians.  For UF master’s and resident student Co ..read more
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Checking in with One of K9s For Warriors First San Antonio Graduates
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by Kevin Greene
7M ago
In April 2022 our first San Antonio, TX class graduated and since then we have rescued and re-homed over 200 dogs in Texas alone and graduated 59 Warriors from our Petco Love K9 Center. This has all been made possible because of this partnership with Petco Love that started in 2019 with a generous $2M grant that allowed us to expand our operations to Texas.  We checked in on Warrior Sam and Service Dog Jax and asked how life has changed since graduating from our Texas campus in 2022.   How has life been since graduating? I have to say that since graduating, my life has im ..read more
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Petco Love K9 Center: Helping Save Lives on Both Ends of The Leash in Texas
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by Kelly Brockmeier
7M ago
Petco Love has been instrumental in helping K9s For Warriors save Veterans and rescue dogs. Our partnership started in 2019 with a generous $2M Petco Love grant that allowed us to expand our operations to the Lone Star state. In late 2021, we opened the Petco Love K9s Center in San Antonio.  It’s home to our Texas dog rescue and training program as well as our monthly Texas Warrior graduation ceremony. Since the opening of Petco Love K9 Center we have:  Paired 54 Veterans with Service Dogs in San Antonio, TX Rescued and rehomed over 200 dogs One of our first Texas Warrior ..read more
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