K9 Up Project Free is a non-profit organization located in Kankakee, Illinois. The organization was created with two objectives:
- To provide assistance to the United States retired military K9’s, contract K9’s, law enforcement K9’s, or any service K9 breed that needs placement. K9 Up Project Free provides K9’s with transportation, medical assistance for both their mental and physical needs, adoption assistance, quality food, and enrichment programs.
- To reduce recidivism. Providing rehabilitation programs for felons. Studies of K9’s being trained by prisoners or felons has had huge successes. K9 Up Project Free aims to produce that success in our programs. Each felon will be taught how to give K9’s quality care with dignity and respect. Ensuring for a smooth transition from kennel life, to home life.
The Midwest area has a large amount of service K9’s needing placement. K9 Up Project Free would like to accept all service K9’s in need, reducing the number of service K9’s euthanized or dumped in shelters, however, due to the limited funds we are in need of more donations to make this possible. Please consider donating, many retired veteran K9 heroes are counting on us.
Military working dogs (MWD) need medical care. Many of them are suffering from PTSD and other war injuries. Contract working dogs (CWD) belong to contract companies. They will also suffer injuries from war as well as need financial assistance returning to the U.S. from other countries, in some cases. Law enforcement K9’s are often given up by their departments and will end up in shelters or euthanized. Those are a few examples when K9 Up Project Free steps up to make sure these K9 heroes, who have put their lives on the line for their human partner, get the retirement they deserve. These K9’s made it possible for many men and women to return home safely and should be honored as such. However, this is not the reality for some. Working K9’s of different breeds, ages, and jobs are accepted into our program.
We evaluate each K9 before considering adoption. When adoption is an available option, many factors are considered before being placed. Some K9’s will be high drive dogs and will not be placed with cats, small animals, or children. We work hard to provide the best homes for our K9 heroes. We make sure our K9’s are placed in a stable and loving home. If adoption is not an option, those heroes will remain with K9 Up Project Free.
We are currently seeking a corporate sponsor
Please consider donating to our K9 heroes, many lives depend on it.