Combat Veterans Needed To Adopt Retired Military Working Dogs

Photo Credit: K9 Hero Haven facebook pagePhoto Credit: K9 Hero Haven facebook page

The owners of K9 Hero Haven based out of Herndon, Pennsylvania are seeking Combat Veterans to adopt Retired Military and Police Working Dogs that are in their care.  Many of the dogs that K9 Hero Haven has are dogs who have completed tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Because of the what the dogs went through overseas and their training, many are considered difficult to place once they are retired from service. K9 Hero Haven feels that Combat Veterans will have a better understanding of what the dogs may have gone through and they can both provide support for each other.



K9 Hero Haven adopts that dogs and works to find suitable “experienced handlers” which are able to work with the dogs.  Some of the dogs that K9 Hero Haven has in their care are:

Sheera CF 50 (DOB 12/12/04)

Retired US Customs and Border Protection.  She worked the CA/ MEX border. She is trained in narcotic detection and human detection. She had a cancerous tumor removed in 12/14.

K9 Katrina (DOB 1/28/04) She is narcotic detection. She is retired from Florence Correctional Facility in AZ. She was adopted/rescued from CAAR.

K9 Rakkar (DOB 5/16/03)

He is a retired police dog from NC. He is trained in narcotics and apprehending criminals.

CWD Brando PEDD (DOB 1/1/08)

Served in Afghanistan from August 2011 to May 2012. Retired from Military and is retired from AMK9 due to a leg injury received while working.  Trained in Explosive detection and trained on Patrol.


Served in Afghanistan from Nov 2011 to June 2012. Retired from Military and is retired from AMK9 due to a trach injury he received while working.  Trained in Explosive detection and trained on Patrol.

CWD Bjerka EDD (DOB 12/1/06) (Pictured above)

Served in Afghanistan from June 2011 til March 2014. Retired from Military and is retired from AMK9 due to age.  Trained in Explosive detection

CWD Blackie EDD (DOB 12/12/07) (Pictured above)

Served on Victory Base in IRAQ from Mar 2010 to Nov 2011 and served at the Consulate in Basrah in May 2013 to August 2014. Retired from Military and is retired from AMK9 due to retired due to Villios Atrophy, spondylosis and hip dysplasia.  Trained in Explosive detection


If you are interested in learning more about K9 Hero Haven and how you can adopt a dog or help them find a qualified home for a dog in their care, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/K9HeroHaven/ or email K9 Hero Haven for information or to schedule a meeting with the dogs at [email protected].

55 Comments on "Combat Veterans Needed To Adopt Retired Military Working Dogs"

  1. If arrangement can be made………I take one or two of combat dog heros here in St Croix US Virgin Island

  2. I am located in Ohio and would love the opportunity to adopt one

  3. Thomas Haskins | July 28, 2015 at 7:57 am | Reply

    I’m a combat vet of multiple deployments. I would take one of those pups

  4. Jordan Nechkash | July 28, 2015 at 9:11 am | Reply

    How do I go about the application/adoption process? I’m interested in caring for a retired working dog. I’m an OIF Vet with valid paperwork-DD214. Thank you for your time.

  5. I would take one if arrangements could be made. I’m a combat veteran and would love one of these Heros!

  6. Very interested in having one of the K9’s. I myself am a Veteran and need a buddy.

  7. I have deployed 4 times in the last 8 years and have two dogs currently. I live in Virginia and I would love the oppertunity to adopt and help a fellow veteran.

  8. John C. Mattern | July 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Reply

    So much more is needed I know. I would love to be a brother to one of these dogs.

  9. Maria cardona | July 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Reply

    I am interesdead, I live in Fl.
    I am a vet and would love one of these amazing dogs.
    What is the application/adoption process?

  10. Justin Wininger | July 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    Prior service, but not a combat veteran. But would love to adopt one.

  11. rose Bonilla | July 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Reply

    We are a military veterans and we would love to adopt Tex .

  12. Larry Corser | July 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm | Reply

    Live in Grand Rapids Michigan and would need to get the VA Papers but would jump at that chance.

  13. Tim Pattison | July 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Reply

    As a Veteran and a former K9 trainer, I would love to rescue one of these 4 legged heroes!

  14. How is this possible? As I Combat Veteran I would take one and know many others who would. This is not hard to do.

  15. I would take a battle I’d I can these hero’s need a life of ease

  16. I am a former US army mp dog handler 95ba9 would love to adopt one but just adopted a rescue wish I would have known about this program prior to adopting

  17. My husband is military, retiring in 2yrs and I would love to get him one as we love Sheppard’s! Thank you

  18. Matt Merrill | July 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm | Reply

    I would like to adopt one of these dogs i am a combat veteran with two tours to Iraq in 06 and 08

  19. Wayne Muscato | July 28, 2015 at 8:15 pm | Reply

    I am a wheelchair combat vet vietnam i would love one

  20. I am a 100% VA rated combat veteran that would take one of these dogs, having worked with k9 dogs as a military police officer.

  21. Richard Casillas | July 28, 2015 at 8:38 pm | Reply

    Id be honored to share my house with a fellow veteran

  22. Ryan Bielecki | July 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Reply

    I will adopt one in three hours from Bragg Iraq vet..

  23. Noticed in some southern states that they put qualifiers on Veterans that can have discounts. ‘Spose women RAPED in services during peace time don’t qualify for much if any thing, thanks a lot

  24. Tony Feltner | July 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Reply

    Hello. Thanks for the posting. I sent an email to the posted yahoo email address.

  25. Christopher Cibulski | July 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Reply

    I would like an k-9 pup as well I am a veteran of OIF

  26. 4 time com at veteran in hawaii how can I adopt

  27. You have to contact them by e-mail not by commenting…

  28. I have a acre of fenced in land he can run free

  29. Paula Hephner | July 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm | Reply

    I’m not a combat veteran. But I do habe PTSD from sexual trauma. I would love to give one or these hero’s a home.

  30. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to comment. We did not approve the comments that included phone numbers and personal email addresses because the whole world does not need to know your information.

    If you are interested in adopting a retired Military Working Dog through the organization, please contact them using the information that is in the last paragraph of the article.

  31. I’m a combat vet I will take one I live in South Carolina I have fenced in back yard. Please let me know

  32. Robert Mills | July 29, 2015 at 7:41 am | Reply

    I live in South Carolina and would love to adopt one of these dogs, I am reitred U.S. Army, and a purple heart recipient and have worked very close with these animals while deployed..

  33. Donald grande | July 29, 2015 at 8:12 am | Reply

    I will take any 1 of them

  34. 9 year veteran infantry, I’ll take one don’t care what kind, I have a clean home, I make good money it will be loved and taken care of.

  35. D. Rocky Perez | July 29, 2015 at 9:52 am | Reply

    I am an OIF wounded veteran living in Fort Collins, CO who is very interested in adopting one of the awesome dogs who might be able to assist me with my PTSD and TBI while working for the US Forest Service.

  36. Misael Medima-Torres | July 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Reply

    Combat vet with dd214 available, staying at Puerto Rico. I’ll definitely give a home to one of those heroes.

  37. I’m a combat vet 2nd ranger batt if you guys are still adopting I would love to get one of them off you just message me any info you can I live in PA

  38. I am experienced with GSD’s and I understand German Malinois. Both are very smart and driven dogs. I have the compassion and u de standing to make any situation work. If they are having trouble I will adapt and help them with it. I would also be honored to take a veteran into my home. Thank you for your consideration.

  39. Linda and Riley Cox | July 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm | Reply

    My husband is a Vietnam Vet and we would love one of these dogs. We live in Bailey Co. How do you arrange transport? Do we have to come and get it? Please send info asap!

  40. Will love to adopt one

  41. brian rinker | July 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Reply

    I am a combat vet and am retired now after 23 years of service. I would love to adopt one of these dogs. I live in Pennsylvania

  42. USMC Combat veteran. Working at the VA hospital in Madison, WI. I’m sure I could help a dog out and other vets in the VA. Lots of attention from them.

  43. Madison Klosak | July 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm | Reply

    Can I get one in Oregon?

  44. Amelia Renkel | July 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Reply

    I am 12 year AF vet. Can not adopt a four-legged hero, but I am grateful you ran the story. Also very grateful to all those willing to adopt.

  45. Kenneth Phelps | July 30, 2015 at 12:07 am | Reply

    I am a vet and would love to adopt one of these dogs I live by myself and would make sure they have a good home

  46. My husband is a veteran 24yrs suffering from ptsd . Would love to take care of one of those wonderful fur baby’s. I think this is a wonderful day coming

  47. SGT Thomas W. Terry | July 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Reply

    I am a 3 time Iraq war vet and would be honored to give a fellow brother or sister in arms a new home.

  48. Brandi A Denger | July 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Reply

    USMC Veteran, tours in afghanistan. Would love to have a brother or sister service k9 for my home!

  49. Joshua Jenkins | July 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Reply

    Joshua Jenkins, I am a vet with PTSD and TBI. I would love to have an opportunity for a chance for one of these heroes.

  50. Joshua Jenkins | July 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm | Reply

    I’m a combat veteran with PTSD and TBI. I would love an opportunity for a chance with one of these heroes. Can I please get more information on what I would have to do in order to help one of my Fellow veterans out.

  51. Frantz from Miami Florida interested and would like more information.

  52. Christina Lee Turner | August 2, 2015 at 11:00 am | Reply

    I am interested in adopting one of the K9’s in PA. I am a 100% Disabled combat veteran that served in Iraq. I get 100% for PTSD, Major Depression plus other things as well. Thanks

  53. I am very interested in adopting one of these dogs, what are the steps that i need to take?

  54. Dennis Whitlow | August 8, 2015 at 5:08 am | Reply

    Would love to adopt I am disabled vet. I was a k9 handler in the army.

  55. Perry F. Rosenbaum | August 11, 2015 at 6:25 am | Reply

    Perry Rosenbaum | 11 August 2015 at 1100 hrs at St Augustine, FL, 100% svc connected disabled, combat wounded and have PTSD would like information on adopting a dog.. Doctors require that I never be left alone.

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