It is not uncommon to see a dog in the military. In fact, it is extremely common. Dogs in the military, also known as K9s, do not always receive the acknowledgment they deserve. Although they are not human, it does not mean that their work means any less as a part of the military.
K9s are extremely similar to soldiers in the sense that they have emotions and physical feelings. Eventually, like humans, these loyal dogs have to retire. Unfortunately, sometimes K9s have to be put down because of how aggressive they are due to their military background. If these pooches are not put down, it is extremely difficult for them to be adopted.
Deemed “unadoptable,” these smart dogs often times have no home. When Mike Ritland, a retired Navy SEAL, discovered that his fellow retirees were unable to find homes, he knew he had to do something.
The dedicated man decided to open a foundation in Texas called the Warrior Dog Foundation. The goal for his foundation is to rehabilitate retired K9s that are unable to be adopted due to their strong personalities.
A lot of the dogs that Ritman’s team works with have PTSD. This makes them very alert and sensitive. Often, any sounds that are loud or startling remind them of wartime. Mike Ritman hopes to stop the ongoing stress that these great animals have and make them civilians again.
This compelling foundation has spent countless hours trying to rehabilitate the lives of many K9s in need. Because of their efforts, over 100 dogs have had the opportunity to find a forever home. The main way that this foundation finds its success is through social media and talk.