K9s for Warriors to open in Alachua

A non-profit group that serves veterans is preparing their new property in Alachua for use this spring.

The K9s for Warriors program helps veterans with PTSD, brain injuries, or other trauma.

Participants take part in a three-week live-in program where they train dogs with the goal of returning to independent civilian living.

The property was donated by the Gold family and features a nine-bedroom house on 67 acres.

"The warriors will come here. They'll get to stay in this beautiful house. They'll have everything paid for. You'll see us out in the community driving around in our K9s for Warriors vans as the warriors get to learn how to use their dogs at restaurants and sporting events. I mean, you're going to see us," said Rory Diamond, CEO of K9s for Warriors

They are working to get kennels for the dogs.

The facility will begin classes May 1st.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating can find out more information at https://www.k9sforwarriors.org/