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Service Dog Panel (9/26)

Join us on Wednesday, 9/26, at 4pm ET/ 1pm PT for a panel with three of our service dog partner organizations! Joining us will be Service Dog Project, K9s for Warriors, and Warrior Canine Connection to take a deeper look into what it takes to run a non-profit service dog organization and to address common misconceptions about their programs.

You can watch the panel here when we go live!


Get to know our panel experts below:

Founder and Executive Director, Carlene White, founded Service Dog Project in 2003 after she recognized a need for mobility assistance dogs. Service Dog Project, located in Massachusetts, became ADI accredited in 2008 and has placed over 150 service dogs to people diagnosed with MS, Parkinson’s, war veterans, and others with mobility disabilities. Carlene White has an extensive background in veterinary science and in 2013 was awarded a Massachusetts Veterinary Association Award for her life’s dedication to providing service animals.

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Shari Duval and Brett Simon founded K9s for Warriors in 2011 after they both recognized the lack of support for veterans returning back to civilian life.  Shari first started noticing PTSD symptoms in her son, Brett, who at the time was a K9 police bomb dog handler who had previously served in Iraq. As an active volunteer for veteran’s charities, Shari knew that there were limited to no resources for veterans who suffered from PTSD. Shari stepped in and began actively working with rescue dogs and veterans to give them both a new leash on life.

As a trained police officer and K9 handler, Brett implemented his knowledge from years of service to help provide curriculum and practices to ensure that every dog is successful in their service. Brett also developed programs for veterans to become active in their recoveries, providing invaluable support to help warriors develop hands on skills during training sessions.

brett and shari

Molly Morelli, Director of Dog Programs at Warrior Canine Connection, has been involved with service dog training for over a decade. Molly received her B.S. in Behavioral Psychology at West Virginia University where she later moved her expertise to purpose breeding service organizations. Warrior Canine Connection has been an instrumental organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) model to help veterans reconnect back to civilian life.

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  • JoAnne Klein

    I don’t know if I will be able to tune in, but I want to say I think this is the most admirable profession out there. Having shared my life with dogs and cats for nearly ALL of my 81 years, I can’t imaging being without the wonderful companionship they have provided through thick and thin. So I believe helping to deal with and perhaps heal ptsd, providing companion/therapy dogs for folks afflicted with this awful condition is most likely far more effective than prescription drugs. I also believe this training should be fully and completely government funded; the government is responsible for these young folks and thus their return to health no matter the cost is truly the government’s responsibility. If only every returning service-person with this condition could have a trained dog perhaps the suicide rate would drastically be reduced.

    • https://www.k9sforwarriors.org K9s For Warriors

      Thank you!

  • Sam Svaib Kiess

    how long does it take to get a service dog and how much does the recipient have to pay. I know for SDP but not the others – thank you

    • https://www.k9sforwarriors.org K9s For Warriors

      We have a wait list, but our program is free for the veteran.

  • Mary Jones

    K9 for Warriors you seem to have lost viewers comments from months ago and there is never any action on your cams?

    • https://www.k9sforwarriors.org K9s For Warriors

      We apologize. It seems sometimes there are glitches. We are trying to smooth the issues out.

  • Mary Jones

    Service dog project people have mentioned about dog fest I’m quite new what is dog fest and when do people arrive for it what time does dog fest start and what cams will it be on if any?

    • AZRocks CP (2012) AZ

      Service Dog Project DOG FEST – October 13 & 14, 2018

      Two days to socialize with Camera People, Recipients, Visitors, Volunteers and Staff; meet the dogs, donkeys, chickens, roosters and guinea hens; help with chores around the farm. Farm opens at 8:00 a.m.; closes at 5:00 p.m.

      Please email Linda at linda@servicedogproject.org if you have any questions.
      $75.00 per person for SATURDAY and SUNDAY includes (agenda not finalized):

  • Mary Jones

    Thank you for helping veterans

    • https://www.k9sforwarriors.org K9s For Warriors

      It is the least we can do!

  • Kami-CA

    First, to all of our Veterans out there, Thank You…for your Service to our Country!

    Miss Carlene, what would you say is the biggest factor in your amazing Success?

  • Chinook

    First, thank you to all three of these wonderful organizations and thank you to Explore for sharing these organizations as well as other organizations & many beautiful sites around the world!

    1. How much does it cost to produce a fully trained service dog?
    2. Do all of your organizations use volunteers?
    3. What is your success rate for puppies becoming service dogs?
    4. What can Explore viewers do to help?

    • https://www.k9sforwarriors.org K9s For Warriors

      1. In our program the cost is around $27,000 (veteran does not pay this)
      2. We have many wonderful volunteers
      3. We would have to acquire that info from our puppy coordinator
      4. Help us create awareness on what we do! Share our FB posts, talk to your friends about service dogs, and of course – donations of any size go a long way

  • Gramtwoboys

    I am familiar with Service Dog Project but not K9s for Warriors or Warrior Canine Connection. How much time does it take to train a dog for service and how much money does it cost each project to produce/train/supply these wonderful dogs? Thank you to all of you for what you do. As a Marine Brat I am so thankful to all of our Veterans and appreciate what your organizations do for them. Thank you!

  • Keith

    Is this available to view again?