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The Warrior Dog Foundation was founded by Mike Ritland as a place of rehabilitation for retired working K9s slated to be euthanized. The Warrior Dog Foundation provides a rare sanctuary of last resort, ensuring the care of each individual K9 with dignity and grace, including both mental and physical rehabilitation for the rest of their lives.
Mike Ritland is the heart behind The Warrior Dog Foundation (and its founder). He recognized the need and had the vision to create an organization with the capability, capacity and willingness to care for our country’s retired working K9’s. He served as a Navy SEAL for 12 years, including serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous special operations missions during his career. He also served as a Naval Special Warfare Multi-Purpose Canine (MPC) Trainer for the West Coast SEAL teams. His experience prompted him to write three New York Times Best Selling books: Trident K9 Warriors, Navy SEAL Dogs, and TEAM Dog. He has been featured in numerous other publications such as Town & Country, Police K9 Magazine, K9 Cop Magazine, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, NYPOST, Men’s Journal, and more. He has appeared on ABC, CBS 60-Minutes, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBC, PBS, and more. Mike Ritland began caring for and rehabilitating retired Special Operation Forces K9s in 2010 and founded The Warrior Dog Foundation in 2013. In addition to his personal involvement with The Warrior Dog Foundation, Mr. Ritland is the owner of Trikos International, which trains dogs for service assignments globally.