In the front lines of keeping families and communities safe, no team provides a more potent one-two punch than law enforcement officers partnered with K9s. Trained for specific tasks, these highly intelligent dogs stop criminals in the act, apprehend fleeing fugitives, confiscate illegal narcotics, and participate in search and rescue missions. They find cadavers, explosives, and are used in arson investigations. They have saved their partners’ lives, sometimes at the cost of their own.
Given the crime-fighting value of K9s, you may find it surprising to learn that, with budget cuts, law enforcement agencies across America are having a hard time funding the acquisition and training of K9s. Depending on their specialty, each K9 costs between $10,500 and $12,500. This cost is nominal in comparison to the millions of dollars in narcotic seizures and criminals that have been taken off the street. Crime does not discriminate and it happens in every zip code in America.
K9s4COPs provides an answer for this crisis. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation our goal is fill the gap by gifting trained K9s to agencies in need. Through an application process and quarterly review, we award K9s through our announcement,The K9 Roll Call. All agencies across the nation are invited to apply for a K9. As a nonprofit we are only able to accomplish this through generous donations from our supporters.
A K9’s job is to step in front of danger. K9s4COPs’ mission is to ensure that every school district and law enforcement officer in need of a K9 has one at their side, well trained and ready for action. Visit K9s4COPs.org to learn how to donate, sponsor or apply for a K9.
Fire K9.org is a nonprofit public benefit CA corporation founded in 2009, to support and promote the use of professional independent canine accelerant detection teams on an international level. The organization is funded solely by member dues, sponsors, and donations.
Our certified handlers and their canine partners –sometimes referred to as “arson dogs” – are located in the US, Canada and Europe. They assist fire departments, investigators, law enforcement agencies, and arson task forces engaged in the investigation and control of arson. Trained to detect flammable liquids, our fire canines search burned buildings, vehicles, vessels, wild land or other suspicious fires and alert their handlers when they find traces of ignitable liquids.
FireK9.org develops and hosts training and proficiency programs for our members to achieve greater competence through the exchange of practical, technical and scientific information involving ignitable liquid detection, canine health, and research.
Members of Fire K9.org help combat crime and reduce the threat of arson by offering canine accelerant detection demonstrations and conducting arson awareness discussions, and fire prevention education programs in their home communities.
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.
Our mission is to provide highly skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities throughout the United States, to provide education and continuing support for working assistance dog teams, and to be a resource in the community for people with disabilities.
Why We Exist
According to the 2000 US Census, over 25 million Americans are unable to walk 1/4 of a mile or even climb 10 stairs without some kind of assistance. At Power Paws, we believe that it is the right of every person to pursue the quality of life they want, and by providing skilled service dogs we can give back to our communities and their citizens. Power Paws, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering adults and children with disabilities for greater independence. We are able to do this through specialized programs.
Power Paws Assistance Dogs was founded by Ms Shoshanna Abels. Ms Abels was raised in a family where community service was highly valued. Shoshanna’s family became volunteer puppy raisers for several assistance dog organizations and Shoshanna found her passion in this program. When she graduated from high school in 1999, Shoshanna studied with Dr. Bergin and graduated as The Assistance Dog Institute’s youngest student. Shoshanna returned to Scottsdale, Arizona and founded Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc. Power Paws Assistance Dogs became incorporated in 2001, received their 501(c)(3) status and began training and placing assistance dogs. Since 2001, Power Paws has certified 70 teams and currently has over 40 dogs in training.
ECAD’S mission is to enable people – veterans, children, teens, adults – with disabilities, whether physical, behavioral, or emotional, to live with greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs. This education begins when the puppies are eight weeks old and attend training classes with the student handlers at five alternative schools through the ECADemy Program. By age two, ECAD’s dogs respond to 80 commands, including retrieval of objects, opening of doors, and pulling of wheel chairs. They also know to alert their person when it is time for medication, to have a blood sugar check, and to recognize the onset of nightmares brought by the horrors of war.
Since its inception in 1995, ECAD has successfully placed 200 Service Dogs with individuals and 20 as Facility Therapy Dogs.
ECAD introduced its Project HEAL Program in 2008. This program is designed to meet the needs of Veterans suffering from physical injuries, lost limbs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. To date, sixteen veterans have received ECAD Service Dogs.
The benefits of having an ECAD Service Dog are concrete: An 18 year old with Cerebral Palsy is able to attend college because of Crisco; a mother with Muscular Dystrophy is able to care for her family because of Garrison; and a seven year old boy with autism no longer disappears because Baker is at his side. And the Veterans, with their Service Dogs by their side, overcome their hyper-vigilance, depression, and anger and transition into civilian life with greater success.
Three lives are changed directly by ECAD’s Service Dogs. In a larger context, their families and their communities benefit as well.
Paws & Effect is a nonprofit that raises, trains and places service dogs for a variety of disabilities, including veterans and individuals with special needs. Paws & Effect also provides Pet Partners for animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy and has several unique Pet Partner programs, including the Abilities Through Agility Program at ChildServe. This program integrates dog agility with physical, occupational, and speech therapy in a group environment. Paws & Effect run dog agility and rally obedience competitions as fundraisers for our programs.
The Good Dog Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1998 to promote the use of animal-assisted therapy. Good Dog’s mission is to elevate the stature and promote society’s understanding of the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond. This is accomplished through the use of professionally-trained and supervised volunteer teams who work to aid the healing process in humans and enhance clients’ quality of life. Good Dog provides therapy dog services to people in health care, educational, social service and community facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and at disaster sites around the country. Good Dog teams are trained to the highest standards in the field through Good Dog’s own copyrighted training program. Teams participate in eleven weeks of in-person therapy dog team training with ongoing evaluations to become certified. Good Dog’s highly-trained and fully-certified volunteer teams each consist of a human handler and therapy dog. These teams offer exceptional healing services free of charge. Good Dog also advances research and promotes awareness about the benefits of the human-animal bond.
The gentle touch of a furry friend comforts those who are in need – this is Hand in Paw.
Hand in Paw improves human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy. Founded in 1996, we are a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving north central Alabama. Hand in Paw’s philosophy is this: just as the best results come from the collaboration between two people working hand-in-hand--the most effective Animal-Assisted Therapy is conducted through the partnership between a handler (the hands) and the therapy animal (the paws). Whether encouraging a toddler in an early intervention center to take her first steps, showing unconditional love for a troubled teen in a group home, or comforting a senior in a palliative care unit, Hand in Paw’s professionally-trained handlers and their pets work together as Therapy Teams to change lives.
Hand in Paw’s innovative programs address a range of societal issues facing Alabama—working to combat illiteracy, prevent family and community violence, and strengthen the lives of people with special needs. Delivered in schools, libraries, and shelters, its Sit, Stay, Read! program helps struggling young readers overcome their fears by reading aloud to nonjudgmental therapy animals. Pawsitive Living™ follows a 12-week, evidence-based curriculum, developed by Hand in Paw, and teaches care giving, responsibility and empathy to adolescents residing in group homes. Alabama has the nation’s 6th highest rate of people with special healthcare needs, and the 5th highest rate among children. Hand in Paw’s Petscription program helps people with physical, mental, and cognitive challenges reach therapeutic goals and provides positive distraction from fear and pain.
Hand in Paw’s services are delivered free of charge in collaboration with more than 60 community partners. Its 120 Therapy Teams reach 60,000 people annually.
To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence.
America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the accredited Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel.
In 2003, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind recognized the need for an assistance dog program for veterans that would incorporate guide dogs, service dogs, and innovative training techniques. America’s VetDogs was created and incorporated to give veterans easy access to the best services possible to improve their lives.
We provide guide dogs for veterans who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical or emotional disabilities; physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with amputees in military and VA hospitals; and combat stress control dogs to be deployed in theater.
paws4people™ foundation was founded by Kyria Henry in 1999 (then 12 years old!) with the purpose of using dogs as a means of helping people.
This nonprofit’s mission is to enhance the lives of disabled and special education students, senior citizens, and those living with serious illnesses or disabilities by utilizing the positive effects of canine companionship.
We currently have more than 200 highly trained Assistance Dogs to provide support in areas such as mobility and psychiatric service, educational and rehabilitative assistance, and social therapy. Together, these dogs have made more than 300,000 therapeutic contacts.
Service Dogs, Inc. trains dogs to assist Texans living with hearing or mobility challenges. We adopt every dog in our program from an animal shelter or rescue group. We invest $20,000 and one year to train each Hearing or Service Dog team (dog and person). Thanks to your donations, we provide the dogs and training free of charge.
Hearing Dogs alert their deaf partners by touch and lead them to a variety of important everyday sounds, including a knock at the door, a smoke alarm, an alarm clock and a baby’s cry. They respond to oral and sign language commands.
Service Dogs assist physically challenged individuals by opening doors and refrigerators, fetching out of reach wheelchairs, retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off, getting help and moving paralyzed limbs. They also perform customized tasks such as assistance with clothing and specialized equipment.
Hearing and Service Dogs also provide emotional and social benefits through companionship and encouragement of greater interaction from others.
Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs is one of twelve accredited guide dog schools in the United States and the only one located in the southeast. Their mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity.
Through their programs Paws for Independence™, Paws for Patriots™, and Gifted Canines™ they have more than 600 active guide dog teams across the nation and continue to add more than 70 guide dog teams annually. They also provide Veteran Assistance dogs for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Facility Therapy dogs to major military medical facilities to spread encouragement among our wounded warriors.
Recently, through their new program, Canine Connections, they now provide gentle companion dogs to kids, ages 10-17, who are visually impaired or have a condition that will lead to blindness, so that they may learn the joys and responsibilities of dog ownership in advance of receiving a guide dog.
Southeastern Guide Dogs receives no government funding and all of their services are provided at no charge, thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers.
Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, CA and has a second campus and training facility in Boring, OR. We are the largest guide dog school in North America, and serve people who are blind and visually impaired from throughout the United States and Canada. All of our services are offered free of charge. Our unique program is equal parts match-making, intensive training, and lifetime support. People come to us because we know that a guide dog/human relationship is about much more than "mobility." We create truly unique partnerships between two beings - collaborations that enhance the individual potential of each partner; where the dog and the person have better lives together than either would have apart.
At Penn Vet we think differently about veterinary medicine. In addition to providing sophisticated medical treatments for animals of every size and kind, we believe veterinarians play an integral part in ensuring public health and food safety at both local and global levels.
We believe future veterinarians should serve as the frontline, guarding against bio- and agro-terrorism and working to protect the environment, all the while advancing the forefront of biomedical research. At Penn Vet, we lead the way for veterinarians of tomorrow.