K9s For Warriors completes first phase of ‘mega-kennel’ training center in St. Johns County

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PONTE VEDRA, Florida.K9 for warriors is one step closer to completing the world’s largest rescue assistance dog training facility.

The group marks the completion of the first phase of the project on Monday, which will eventually give veterans access to more service dogs.

The first phase includes 68 kennels, 20 welfare kennels, a food storage building, a K9 enrichment area and all necessary site preparation and drainage.

The goal is to get dogs into the hands of veterans who need them most.

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The “mega-kennel” in total will accommodate more than 150 service dogs.

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When completed, the campus for K9 operations, just south of US 1 and Racetrack Road, will be the nation’s largest service dog shelter.

K9S for Warriors says service dogs help veterans better cope with PTSD symptoms and gain confidence and independence.

The group program accepts applications from any veteran with service-related symptoms of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma.

Currently, there is a waiting list of applicants that stretches through 2026, but the mega kennel could reduce the wait.

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