About K9s For Warriors
• There are over 3.5 million dogs that are euthanized in rescue shelters every year, many are wonderful dogs that can be trained to be service dogs for deserving veterans.
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.
Their goal is to empower veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
Founded in 2011 by Shari Duval with the hopes of pairing 12 Warrior-Canine teams a year, the program has graduated over 290 Warrior/canine teams. 90% of the dogs in the program come from rescue shelters or are owner surrendered.
1st Annual Paws 4 Our Vets 5k
May 29, 2017
Welcome to the first annual Paws for Vets 5K and Fun Run. Our event is dedicated to support the K9's for Warriors organization right here in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.
Thank you to St Francis in the Field Episcopal Church for hosting our event. The 5K will start at 8 am and run Palm Valley Rd and Ranch Rd. On the way back to the finish, runners will loop the K9's for Warriors facility located along the race course. At 9 am, an untimed 1 mile Fun Run will be held, also circling the K9's facility. 5K awards will be at 9:15 but you will want to stay for the post race activities.
Early 5K entry fees start at $25 and include a unique custom shirt.
More About the K9 Program
K9s For Warriors is the nation's leading provider of service dogs for American veterans struggling with PTSD, and maintain the highest standards in service dog training. They also provide K9 housing, all meals, equipment, veterinary care, and 120 hours of training for the veteran with their new service K9 in a family type atmosphere that provides essential peer-to-peer support during their three-week stay.
A Few Ways Service K9s Help
• Block- dog places themselves between warrior and someone approaching.
• Cover- dog stands and faces backward and alerts if someone is approaching from behind.
• Additional tasks trained per warrior's unique needs such as retrieving items or brace to help a disabled warrior stand.
• May wake veteran up from nightmares.
• Provide unconditional love and support.