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 government agencies, companies and high-net-worth individuals. He created the Warrior Dog Foundation with the sole purpose of giving back to the Special Operations K-9 Community.
The Warrior Dog Foundation is dedicated to serving the special operations K-9 community. The SOF K-9s deployed with these forces are of the top tier in the working-dog world. They are expected to perform in the most austere of environments and face conditions that most human beings cannot survive. The SOF K-9 units are vital in ensuring the success of every mission and we strive to educate the public on the importance of SOF K-9s in combat, showcase the level of sacrifice these dogs give in support of our troops and rehab them with the goal to rehome.
Once these Warrior’s have completed their service and for whatever reason, are unable to continue on with their handler, the Warrior Dog Foundation helps to transition these K-9 heroes from an operational environment into our state-of-the-art kennel facility. We then ensure the care of 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.