About Us

Discover the heart of K9 Partners for Patriots, dedicated to preventing veteran suicide.

Our Mission

K9 Partners for Patriots is dedicated to preventing veteran suicide and fostering hope for those battling PTSD, TBI, and MST. Through the unique bond formed while training their service dogs, we guide veterans from self-doubt to renewed confidence, promoting mental wellness through in-house counseling and reconnection in a supportive community.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where every veteran facing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) finds renewed purpose and strength.

We aspire to build a community where the specter of veteran suicide is replaced with a shared journey of hope, healing, and empowerment. Through the transformative experience of training and caring for their own service dogs, we envision veterans transitioning from moments of self-doubt to a life of self-confidence and from isolation to a renewed sense of camaraderie, friendship, and family.

Together, we strive to create a positive path forward, fostering a world where every veteran can thrive beyond the challenges they face.

Our Values


We value empathy as the cornerstone of our approach, recognizing and understanding the unique challenges faced by veterans dealing with PTSD, TBI, or MST.

Hope & Healing

We are committed to providing a beacon of hope and a pathway to healing, fostering an environment where veterans can overcome adversity and rediscover purpose in their lives.

Community & Camaraderie

We believe in the power of community and camaraderie, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual support among veterans, and creating a family where everyone is valued.


We empower veterans to take control of their journey by providing them with the tools, skills, and support needed to train and care for their own service dogs, fostering a sense of independence and self-efficacy.

Positive Path Forward

We are dedicated to guiding veterans along a positive path forward, helping them transition from self-doubt to self-confidence and from isolation to a renewed connection with family, friends, and community.


We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all our interactions, ensuring transparency, honesty, and accountability in our relationships with veterans, donors, and partners.


We embrace diversity and inclusivity, recognizing the unique experiences and backgrounds of all veterans, and fostering an environment where everyone is welcome and valued.

Continuous Learning

We are committed to continuous learning and improvement, adapting our programs and services better to meet the evolving needs of veterans and their families.


We express gratitude to our supporters, donors, volunteers, and the broader community, recognizing that their contributions play a vital role in our mission’s success.


We believe in the power of collaboration, actively seeking partnerships and alliances that enhance our ability to make a lasting impact on the lives of veterans.

A Catalyst for Change

In 2014, Mary Peter’s profound dedication to assisting veterans ignited the creation of K9 Partners for Patriots, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At the heart of our mission lies a relentless commitment to empowering our nation’s heroes through our comprehensive 24-week training program, meticulously designed to cultivate highly skilled service dogs.

Founder Mary Peter and Service Dog Justice
Heart Shape Hand and Paw

Honoring Our Supporters and Donors

We’re deeply grateful for our community’s support in our mission to prevent veteran suicide and provide healing through service dogs. Your generosity drives positive change and impacts the lives of those who served our nation.

Thank you to every individual, organization, and partner for standing with us and contributing time, resources, and passion. Your belief empowers us to make a difference for veterans facing challenges like PTSD, TBI, or MST.

Your support builds a community where veterans find hope, healing, and purpose. Together, we transform lives and create a brighter future for those who’ve sacrificed for our freedom.

Thank you for being the force behind K9 Partners for Patriots. You make our mission real, and we’re honored to have you with us.

Rescue Dogs

Transforming Veteran’s Lives through Sheltered Hearts and Wagging Tails

a unique bond forms between veterans and these four-legged heroes

In the quiet corners of animal shelters, where hopeful eyes meet passing strangers, lies a reservoir of untapped potential. Every wagging tail and soulful gaze holds within it a story of resilience and a yearning for purpose. The journey of recruiting service dogs from these shelters is a testament to the boundless capacity of second chances and the transformative power of partnership.

Each success story is a living testament to the potential buried within the underdog. As these once overlooked companions transform into skilled service dogs, they rewrite their destinies and those of the individuals they support. With steadfast devotion, they offer emotional solace to those grappling with invisible wounds. These dogs become beacons of unwavering support.

With patient training, a symphony of trust, patience, and compassion begins to unfold. The process is not merely about teaching commands; it’s about nurturing a sense of purpose, a connection that ignites a dormant spark of hope within both the dog and its handler.

Deserving of a Chance to Shine

Recruiting service dogs from animal shelters isn’t just about training dogs; it’s about acknowledging the extraordinary amidst the ordinary. It’s a reminder that every being, regardless of past hardships, is deserving of a chance to shine. In a world where potential often hides behind the veil of circumstance, these dogs exemplify the beauty of resilience and the magic of new beginnings.

Our Impactful Programs and Initiatives

Fosters Empower Us!

At K9 Partners for Patriots, our Foster Program is a vital component of our mission to end veteran suicide and provide healing through the companionship of service dogs. Fosters play a crucial role as the bridge between rescue dogs and the veterans eagerly awaiting their companions.

What is Foster Care? Dog Walker.
Donate a Dog

A Collaborative Canine Contribution

Our “Donate A Dog” program extends an invitation not only to animal shelters and rescues but also to individual dog owners who share our commitment to preventing veteran suicide and fostering hope and healing for those affected by PTSD, TBI, or MST.

Open Books, Open Hearts.

Our Commitment to Financial Transparency

At K9 Partners for Patriots, we take pride in our commitment to transparency and accountability in managing the financial resources entrusted to us. We believe that openness fosters trust and strengthens our bond with the community we serve. Our financial practices reflect our dedication to ensuring that every donation is utilized efficiently and effectively to support our mission of preventing veteran suicide and providing hope and healing through the companionship of service dogs.

We understand the importance of donor confidence, and that’s why we strive to provide clear and accessible information about our financial activities. From program expenditures and operational costs to fundraising initiatives, we are committed to being transparent in all aspects of our financial stewardship. Your support fuels our impact, and we want you to feel secure in knowing how your contributions are making a difference in the lives of veterans and their canine companions.

Radio, Press, Television, Internet, Social Media Blocks

Our Story in the Media

K9 Partners for Patriots’ journey to prevent veteran suicide and bring healing through the companionship of service dogs unfolds in the public eye. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our story, impact, and milestones with the world.

We celebrate the journey of those who see beyond the surface and believe in the redemptive power of love, training, and time.

We stand witness to the stories of lives transformed—both the lives of these incredible animals and the lives they touch. For in each wagging tail lies a promise fulfilled, a purpose realized, and an inspiration that speaks to the extraordinary heights that can be reached when we embrace the potential within us all.

Fiercely Family

In this sanctuary, the term “family” takes on a broader meaning. Veterans who may have once felt isolated or misunderstood now find themselves surrounded by peers who share their journey. And alongside these warriors are their steadfast companions — the service dogs who have proven time and again that even in the darkest moments, there is light to be found in the bond between a person and their loyal, furry friend. Together, they create an environment that is fierce in its determination to heal, to support, and to thrive.


Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans

Ensuring that qualified organizations pair Veterans with the most beneficial service dogs; increase awareness and understanding of the medical evidence that supports the use of service dogs; and advocate for the expanded use of qualified service dogs.

Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans
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