My heart aches when I think of the brave dogs who serve and protect our country! Be sure to remember and honor all of these four-legged soldiers on March 13, K9 Veterans’ Day.

Honoring Military Working Dogs


Joe White, the late military dog handler, established this pet holiday to show well-deserved respect and devotion to all the dog heroes who have served their country.

It all started back in 1942 with the establishment of the U.S. Army K-9 Corps program when dogs were trained to become messengers, sentries and scouts during World War II. Typical dogs being used were German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Malamutes, Eskimo Dogs and Collies.

K9 Veterans Day is intended to honor military dogs as well as those working with police, customs, border patrol, service, therapy and other working dogs whose mission it is to protect and serve the homeland and people within it.

How can you help?

Make it a National Holiday

While the holiday is acknowledged in several states, it is still not recognized as a national holiday. If you’d like to join me in showing appreciation for all their sacrifice, sign the petition to help make March 13 officially proclaimed as National K9 Veterans’ Day!

Get Involved

There are several Facebook pages and communities to follow:

National K9 Veterans’ Day

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Retired Military Working Dogs

U.S. War Dogs Association

Make a Donation

United States War Dogs Association

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Project Paws Alive

Find Families for Retired MWDs

Mission K9 Rescue

The Warrior Dog Foundation

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