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Patriot Night to Raise Money for K9s for Warriors

Warrior 03Patriot night at Mandan Rodeo Days on July 3 includes a concentrated effort to raise funds for our military veterans. This year’s charity recipient is K9s For Warriors, whose motto is “Give a new leash on life” for a rescue dog and a military hero.

Details on Mandan Rodeo Days’  fund-raising activities, including how to buy a raffle for Henry rifles or a gold moonstone diamond necklace, check out our Charity Fundraising page.

Since K9s For Warriors was founded in 2011 by Shari Duval (with the hopes of pairing 12 warrior/canine teams a year), the program has graduated over 200 warrior/canine teams.  A full 95% of the dogs in the program come from rescue shelters or are owner surrendered, and these dogs must pass a careful evaluation and screening process.

Why is this program needed?


  • There are 184 new cases of PTSD diagnosed every day from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
  • We lose one veteran every hour to suicide.
  • Too often prescription drugs are the only answer given to a veteran. The average warrior is on 10-15 medications when he begins the program. After they graduate from K9s For Warriors, 92% will eliminate or reduce prescription medications.
  • Of the more than 3 million dogs that are euthanized in rescue shelters every year, many are wonderful animals that can be trained to be service dogs for deserving veterans.

K9s For Warriors in-house program provides a trained service K9, housing, most meals, equipment, veterinary care, 120 hours of training with their new service dog and a family-type atmosphere that provides essential peer-to-peer support during the three-week stay.
K9_Logo_SupportIn 2015, the organization moved into a new facility that allows them to quadruple the number of canine/warrior pairs in the program. A small, dedicated staff and more than 500 volunteers run the organization and its programs.

To make a donation to K9s For Warriors as part of Mandan Rodeo Days’ charity fundraising efforts, you can click here.

More information on K9s For Warriors is also available on their website