Marine Corps Marathon

October 31, 2021

Chris Tighe is running the Marine Corps Marathon in support of WDF this year. The Woods Charitable Trust Foundation (long-time supporters) have agreed to a $15K match.

Chris Tighe retired after 23 years of service in the Navy. 13 years of active duty and 10 years reserve. While he was in the reserves, he was a San Diego Police Officer and patrolled all over the city, but mainly in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. His wife Linda is also a veteran and retired after 21 years of service (she was Army Airborne!)

Chris Tighe ran the Boston Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 15, 2019, to raise awareness and money for the Warrior Dog Foundation.

Our Mission

The Warrior Dog Foundation transitions our country’s working K9s from an operational environment into retirement. Providing mental and physical rehabilitation, and rehoming options to Military Working Dogs (MWD), Contract Working Dogs (CWD) and Law Enforcement K9s that otherwise would be euthanized.

Our Goals

The Warrior Dog Foundation exists to provide the highest level of retirement care to working dogs who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and communities! We provide mental and physical rehabilitation to these four-legged veterans so they can be adopted into a forever home; if this is not possible, they are cared for by us for the rest of their lives.

We want to see all military, contract, and law enforcement dogs who are no longer able to work rehabilitated and rehomed – our goal is to help them retire with dignity. These heroes have endured intense situations, saved lives, and protected our service personnel and our freedoms. Yet like many human veterans, they return home with physical and mental injuries. Because these special dogs may have a bite history, aggression, and other traits that render them unadoptable, they are often euthanized. They deserve better! We take these K9s in and help them heal so they can transition to civilian life and live out the rest of their retirement in peace.

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How do we use the funds?

Thank you for your interest in the Warrior Dog Foundation. When you donate to our foundation the majority of your money goes directly to the care of our K9s to cover costs of food, shelter, physical and mental care and exercise and play. Our overhead costs range from 10 to 20% of our total budget. That means 80-90% of the funds we receive go directly to the care of our retired Warrior Dogs. IRS 990 forms for Warrior Dog Foundation are available on request, or can be viewed on Guidestar @ We state a percentage range because historically WDF has had periods where it was managed by volunteers and/or paid employees, and more recently, by a combination of volunteers and paid professionals for services such as bookkeeping, legal assistance and Certified Public Accountants.