Changing the lives of Veterans.  Saving the lives of Shelter Dogs.

Every year in the United States, 3.3 Million dogs enter into the Shelter System due to being either lost, abandoned, neglected or surrendered.  Of those dogs, only 25% will be adopted into new homes, and almost 700,000 will be needlessly killed. 


Through proper education and training, this can change.  We can decrease the number of dogs going into shelters, increase the adoption rate, decrease the number of dogs being killed in shelters each year, and set up both dogs, shelters and families for success.  But it is going to take an army, and we need your help!

Our Mission

The mission of the Helping Vets Helping Pets project is to teach our Nation’s Heroes to be our Shelter Pets’ Heroes.  We aim to teach Veterans to be Dog Trainers in order to help save the dogs in their communities.

We aim to build an army of dog trainers, all across the country, with the goal of them not only going into shelters and rescues to train dogs, but to pay it forward and teach others how to help dogs in shelters and rescues.


Our program teaches veterans how to:

  • be professional dog trainers and start their own dog training business,

  • implement programs within shelters and rescues, teaching their staff and volunteers how to better help dogs and prepare them for adoption,

  • work with and help families and dogs in their community.


We are a private program (NOT a 501c3) that is ran solely on our own self-funding and the generous gifts of individuals like yourself.  The program is offered by dog training and behavior expert, Brandon Karp, and South Shore K9 Academy.

We are working towards building a "retreat" for veterans and shelter dogs.  A relaxing place for them to live, learn and play for a while, away from everything and surrounded by natural beauty.  Please help if you can.

Are you are Military Veteran who would like to be considered for the program?

Contact us and tell us a little bit about yourself.

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*Please note, we are NOT a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Gifts are not tax deductible.