K-9 Ripley wearing brightly colored harness and laying in snow

I would like to welcome you to the 4th Project K-9 Hero newsletter. It has been a while since our last newsletter, but, during that time, we have been busy trying to make the foundation a nationally recognized organization. As a follow up from our past newsletters, we are still looking forward to the Project K9 Hero Womens Scoop Neck- Flag T-shirt in Heather Grey with Red, White and Blue Screen Printingrelease of our children’s book at the first of the year, “K9 Flash, One Dog’s Journey to Becoming a K9 Hero”. We are also in the process of expanding the selection of gifts we offer with donations to include: hoodies, custom made dog collars, and Project K-9 Hero enameled dog tags. We have just released our very first t-shirt design! It is currently offered for pre-order on our website and is
available in both men’s and women’s styles. We are very excited about the new Project K-9 Hero t-shirt, and, with your help, we are hoping to duplicate the tremendous success we had with our hats. If you have not looked at the store on our website recently, please visit  and check out the new products we have added. Don’t forget that the Holidays are just around the corner, and now would be a great time to donate and choose your perfect gift.

“We just released our very first t-shirt design, and it is available for
pre-order on our website in both men’s and women’s styles.

Project K9 Hero has joined Amazon Smile and PayPal Giving! These programs provide an additional way for you to donate to our retired K9 Heroes by simply signing up. Amazon will donate .05% of all purchases you make to our foundation when you sign up on their site at and enter Project K9 Hero as your chosen charity. The PayPal Giving Fund connect donors and charities through PayPal and eBay and gives 100% of the donated funds back to the selected charity. To set up Project K9 Hero as your charitable organization check out Both programs can greatly benefit our retired K9’s as we enter the holiday season, so please sign up today and share this information with others who you think may use it.

As the foundation grows, we will continue adding K9 Heroes into our program. In the past month, “K9 Rio” and ”K9 Ripley” have joined the ranks. Rio is an explosive detection K9 who spent several years deploying overseas in the Middle East. His actions thwarted numerous attempts to cause harm to Americans in multiple locations in Afghanistan. Rio was instrumental in ensuring the safety of diplomats and in gathering intelligence for the U.S. Government. Ripley is the very first Search and Rescue K9 in our program. Ripley worked for CAESAR (Canine Aided Emergency Search and Rescue) and had over 100 deployments with 7 finds (2 live and 5 deceased). To learn more about ”K9 Rio” or “K9 Ripley,” please check out the K9 Heroes page on our website, where each of their complete bio’s are featured.

Sadly, on September 20th, we lost our very first K9 Hero, “K9 Wesley”. Wesley was a founding member of our organization, who served as an Accelerant Detection K9 for the Yakima Fire Department and the ATF. Wesley is featured in our upcoming children’s book. To remember Wesley and others that will follow in his paws, we have created a K9 Memorial on our home page.

I want to personally thank each of you for taking the time to read this newsletter, especially those who have donated to our cause or have shared our passion with others. My intent is to grow Project K-9 Hero into a program that is large enough to help every retired K9 hero and protect those who protected us. I could not do any of this without your continued support. From the entire pack at Project K-9 Hero, we say thank you!


Jason Johnson

Founder of Project K-9 Hero


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