K9 First Responders, Inc. cannot be as effective without our supporters.  As you read about them, please click on their respective links to learn more about each organization.  Each is a wonderful cause in and of itself.


Newtown Kindness and the Charlotte’s Litter initiative is the genesis of K9 First Responders, Inc.  JoAnn & Joel Bacon’s commitment and perseverance to raising awareness of what dogs can do for children and advocating for their use in schools is inspiring.

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The Petit Family Foundation (PFF) understands the need for victims, survivors, public safety and the community in general to heal after a tragedy.  PFF funds the training and continual education of our K9FR teams.

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Behavioral Science Applications (BSA) helps organizations interpret and apply behavioral science research to violence prevention and crisis management plans, policies, procedures and exercises, as well as real-time response.  BSA trains our teams in Psychological First Aid (PFA), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and other Psychosocial skills.


Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) values the communities they serve.  Two of their community efforts focus around “… strengthen relationships in communities… building resiliency within our communities.”  We appreciate their support and are proud to partner with them to help achieve their goals.


Save The Children and their Child Friendly Space program help children cope with the aftermath of traumatic events.  We partnered with them in Newtown, CT after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  Their work is simply amazing.


Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Connecticut VOAD) is a humanitarian association of independent voluntary organizations who may be active in all phases of disaster. Its mission is to foster efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

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K9 First Responders partners with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and their Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) to provide services as member of their “All-Hazards Psychological Trauma Coordination Network”.

OPHP is the intersection between public health, emergency medical services, healthcare, and public safety for the purpose of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. As a result, OPHP has preparedness, response, and recovery roles dealing with the health and medical impacts of emergencies, particularly for those most vulnerable.

We are excited to be a partner and stakeholder with this historic and progressive organization.


The DelValle Institute links the latest research and guidance with best practices in the field to deliver high-quality, skills-based preparedness and response education for healthcare and public health practitioners and their public safety partners.  K9FR teams benefit from the training programs they provide.  As a result of our partnership with The DelValle Institute and programs across the Boston Public Health Commission, we have access to a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to enhance the services we provide.

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K9 First Responders, Inc. is proud to partner with and support The Connecticut Commission on Children in their disaster response efforts as well as assisting during local crises.

The Commission is an agency of the Connecticut General Assembly created with bipartisan support in 1985. It has several mandates and focus areas.  Notable of which is “The Children and Homeland Security Act” which was written to ensure that disaster plans include planning for children.  Connecticut is the only state to involve children annually in issues concerning natural and unnatural disasters.


K9FR Teams are comprised of a number of different breeds.  Wiredog supports K9FR’s mission by providing our teams with high quality yet cost effect working dog equipment.  They back all Wiredog equipment with a lifetime guarantee.  This allows our handlers to focus on our mission and not have to worry about equipment.  We are excited about our partnership with Wiredog.  Wiredog is a PetJoy company.


Our dogs deploy into a variety of environments, conditions and weather.  Add to that stress, highly charged scenes and emergency vehicles… accidents can happen.  K9 Defender Fund, Inc. has provided each of our squads a K-9 Medical Kit ensuring immediate medical attention is available in the event of an injury.  Please visit their website to learn more about their mission.


Watson Foods Co. believes in corporate social responsibility and acting in the best interests of the environment and communities they work and live.  Watson believes in our mission and provides important equipment and logistics support.  Watson’s support allows our teams to focus on those we are with.  Visit their website to see all the good they do.


There may be times our dogs need medical attention beyond our field training. The Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS) partners with us at larger scale deployments to help ensure all of our dogs have immediate medical attention if needed.  And if necessary, ambulance transport to the nearest veterinary hospital.  Visit the EARS website to learn more about this unique organization and the good they do.

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