Over 95% of the soldier participants are able to stop taking their PTSD medications after getting their service dogs.
Lisa Rash, volunteer at K9s For Warriors, visited with the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share stories of their successes and spread the news about their amazing programs. Over 90% of the dogs used in the program are rescued animals.
Each qualified dog goes through a 3-week intense training program before being paired with a soldier. Then the soldier and his/her dog go through another 3-week intense program together at the K9s For Warriors facility in Ponte Vedra. The organization is happy to report that over 95% of the soldier participants are able to stop taking their PTSD medications after getting their service dogs. The facility currently houses 4-5 soldiers and over 12 canines in training and there is currently a 1-year waiting list for soldiers wanting entry into the program.
Dogs must meet certain criteria to be accepted into the program as well, such as being at least 60 pounds and 24 inches tall. The organization is currently building a new campus which is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.
For more information about K9s For Warriors, go to the website at www.k9sforwarriors.org.
Pictured here is K9s volunteer Lisa Rash with Rotary Club president Mark Cutshaw.