The Warrior Dog Foundation was established by Mike Ritland who fought as a Navy SEAL in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other deployments. He is also the founder of Trikos International a company that provides private protection dogs to companies and high-net-worth individuals. He created Warrior Dog Foundation with the sole purpose of giving back to the Navy SEAL and special operations community.
Warrior Dog Foundation is dedicated to serving the special operations community, families, and Special Operation Forces (SOF) working K-9 military dogs. The K-9s employed with these forces are of the top tier in the working-dog world. They are expected to work in the most austere of environments and face conditions that most human beings cannot survive. These are the environments in which these elite warriors operate. The K-9 units are vital in ensuring the success of every mission and operate in all conditions.
Warrior Dog Foundation helps to transition dogs from an operational environment into our state-of-the-art kennel facility. We strive to educate the public on the importance of K-9s in the combat environment, and showcase the level of sacrifice these dogs give in support of our troops. We care for each individual SOF K-9 with dignity and grace, including both mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
In the future, we hope to establish a scholarship fund for the families of handlers who are wounded or killed. We also plan to build a living memorial and museum for SOF K-9s to showcase the talents and awards received in combat operations in support of our nation’s military.