Who We Are
K9 Navigators provides service dogs to active duty, retired military personnel, first responders, including fire, police and emergency personnel and their families who have been injured or experienced trauma while honorably serving our country. We also place service dogs with families who have children with a variety of special medical conditions including cerebral palsy, autism, seizure disorder and diabetes.
What makes us different from other service dog organization's is that we provide customized K9 selection for temperament and workability, then tailor the dog's task training to meet the individual needs of the applicant.
In 2011, with the assistance of U.S.A.F Veteran Mike Sergeant, K9 Navigators was founded by veterans and service dog users to provide service dogs to our nations' most deserving population - veterans who gave so much defending the freedoms we enjoy today.
K9 Navigator’s Chief Trainer, Jim Mathys, is a retired U.S. Air Force Veteran with over 40 years of experience. He is accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and owns and operates Quality K9 in Georgia where he trains the dogs prior to placement. Jim shared a friendship with Mike Sergeant, who was our founder and together they forged a life-long interest in helping veterans with disabilities. They shared a vision to give veterans, first-responders and their families a better quality of life through canine care.
Even though the organization is relatively new, it has gained a significant amount of traction among the veterans' community, the media and the general public. K9 Navigators has also created strategic alliances with Washington, D.C. area animal shelters, veterinary service and veterans' groups. K9 Navigators supports the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Strategic Goal 1, “Restore the capability of Veterans with disabilities to the greatest extent possible and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families."