“National K9 Enforcement Rescue Organization”


The National K9 Enforcement Rescue Organization (N.E.R.O.) is a retirement home for retired or disabled working dogs (Police, Military or S.A.R.) who are not able to continue working for what ever reason.

In our rescue these dogs will be able to live out their lives in a loving, caring environment until the end of their days. When that day comes they will be buried in our Memorial Garden where they will be laid to rest but not forgotten.

Thank You for taking the time to look at our website.


8 Responses to ““National K9 Enforcement Rescue Organization””

  1. olotliny Says:

    Fallen Handler’s Dog Home With Family
    Associated Press | December 13, 2007
    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee and his German shepherd, Lex, scoured Iraq for roadside bombs together, slept next to each other and even posed in Santa hats for a holiday photo.

    When a mortar attack killed the 20-year-old Marine in Fallujah a few months later, Lex, whimpering from his own injuries, had to be pulled away, Lee’s father was told.

    That strong bond compelled the slain Marine’s family to adopt 8-year-old Lex even though the military said he still had two years of service.

    The family lobbied the military for months, launched an Internet petition and enlisted the aid of a North Carolina congressman who took their case straight to the Marine Corps’ top general.

    On Dec. 12, the Marine Corps finally announced Lex could go home to Lee’s family. It is the first time the military has granted a dog early retirement to be adopted by someone other than a former handler.

    “We knew that’s what Dustin would have wanted out of this,” said Jerome Lee, the slain Marine’s father. “He knew that we would take care of Lex and love him, just like our own.”

    Lee’s family from Quitman, Miss., is scheduled to pick up Lex from the Albany base Dec. 21, exactly nine months after the fatal attack.

    Though some shrapnel remains lodged in his back, Lex has otherwise recovered from his wounds and has been serving alongside military policemen at the Albany base since July.

    “It is extraordinary,” said Col. Christian Haliday, commander of the Marine Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., where the dog is based. “As far as we know, it’s the first time that a waiver of policy of this nature has been granted.”

    Officials at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which trains dogs for all service branches, confirmed it is the first case of its kind.

    Lee joined the Marines after graduating from high school in 2004. His father said his drive to become a dog handler came from Lee’s mother, who worked with search-and-rescue dogs for their local emergency management agency when Lee was a boy.

    After finishing his military police and dog handler training, the young Marine headed to Albany. Lee adopted his first canine partner, Doenja, from the military and sent him home to Mississippi last year when the 11-year-old dog began losing his sight and had to retire.

    Lee formed an equally strong bond with his new partner, Lex.

    The military has more than 1,700 dogs that work alongside American troops, including about 260 in the Marines. Their bomb-sniffing skills have been in high demand in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said he discussed the Lees’ case with Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps commandant.

    “The way I look at this, dogs are being trained every day to be a part of the armed forces,” Jones said. “This family gave their son for their country. This is a small gift back to them.”

  2. olotliny Says:


    Dogs to provide therapy to soldiers in Iraq

    Boe the black labrador, wearing goggles, after the firing of guns. (Newsday / Michael E. Ach / December 11, 2007)

    BY JENNIFER BARRIOS | jennifer.barrios@newsday.com
    December 13, 2007
    Sgts. First Class Budge and Boe are headed to Iraq.

    Budge and Boe don’t have last names: They’re dogs. But the pups are now officially enlisted as the Army’s first therapy dogs for soldiers in combat.

    The two black Labrador retrievers will be stationed with the Army’s combat stress units in Tikrit and Mosul. Their role? To help soldiers deal with the stress of fighting overseas.

    On Sunday, two (human) sergeants from the 85th Medical Detachment flew to Long Island to meet the two dogs at the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smithtown, which trained Budge and Boe.

    “Our hope is that it brings some normalcy to the soldiers,” said Sgt. Mike Calaway, an occupational therapist based in Tikrit, who will handle Boe. “The human-animal bond will help relax them.”

    And the dogs won’t just be playmates for the troops, said Sgt. Jack Greene, another occupational therapist who will take Budge back with him to Mosul.

    “The major thing is, they are going to help us knock down the stigma around mental health,” he said.

    But before heading off to Iraq, the dogs needed to get used to sights and sounds similar to those they will encounter in Iraq.

    This week, the soldiers, the dogs and foundation officials visited the shooting range at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where the dogs were exposed to the sounds of submachine guns and handguns.

    The dogs went to Long Island MacArthur Airport, standing by as Suffolk County police hovered in a helicopter, the wind whipping at the dogs’ fur.

    And the dogs braved perhaps one of the toughest tests of all: a jaunt through Smithhaven Mall during holiday season, designed to test their reaction to the chaos of crowds.

    The dogs have been in training for months, and each has learned simple tricks as well as how to respond to voice commands such as sit, stay and play.

    Now Budge and Boe must bond with Calaway and Greene, their handlers until the spring, when the men are scheduled to return from Iraq.

    Then, Maj. Arthur Yeager, an occupational therapist based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, takes over. Yeager, who is to deploy to Iraq next year, said therapy dogs are used at Walter Reed to help soldiers deal with treatment and recovery. He said he expects it to work on the battlefield as well.

    “This is very touchy-feely, no doubt about it, but this works,” Yeager said. “I know it works. I’ve seen it work. These dogs are stress sponges.”

    Soldiers in Iraq visit the combat stress unit when they become overwhelmed with the rigors of battle or by problems their families face at home.

    But not every soldier welcomes the idea of going to the unit. Some have difficulty asking for help with stress, Yeager said. That’s where Budge and Boe come in.

    “To have a dog come up and nudge your hand — I have yet to see even the hardest soldier refuse that,” Yeager said.

    The sergeants and dogs plan to leave Long Island on Saturday for Fort Hood, Texas, where the 85th Medical Detachment is stationed. There, Budge and Boe will be examined by a veterinarian for medical issues before deploying to Iraq.

    Boe and Budge also will be given the new rank of sergeant first class. No one has to salute them, though. The rank is set higher than that of their human handlers to prevent possible abuse of the dogs, because the Army looks severely at any service member who abuses a higher-up.

    Mike Sergeant, chief training officer with the foundation and a Vietnam-era veteran, said the Army’s program is a good step toward meeting the mental health needs of its soldiers.

    “Dogs are not going to be the sole answer, but they certainly will be an icebreaker,” he said.

    Man’s Best Friend Helps Wounded Vets
    July 10, 2008
    Military.com|by Kelly Johnson

    Army Sergeant Paul Conner was on patrol in Iraq 18 months ago when he opened a door connected to an improvised explosive device. The explosion that erupted from the insurgent ambush blew out Conner’s eardrums and hurled him into a nearby wall, critically wounding him.

    Luckily, Conner survived the explosion. But he lost most of his hearing in both ears and still suffers from his wounds sustained from the IED. Conner had to retire from the Army, after 24 years of service, and lives in Killeen, Texas, where adjusting to the new life his injuries have forced him into has been difficult.

    It’s hard for the former platoon sergeant to know if his phone is ringing, when someone is saying his name or whether a guest is knocking on the door. What’s more, Conner’s injuries require him to have around-the-clock care.

    “The explosion caused me to lose my hearing and I have PTSD, too. I’m also living with my parents right now because I need help 24-hours a day,” Conner said during a phone interview. “I recently left the hospital because of heart problems I’m having now.”

    But after the Department of Veterans Affairs connected Conner to the Texas Hearing & Service Dogs organization — which trains and provides canines to assist deaf or physically challenged people, free of charge — Conner is redoubling his efforts to regain his self-sufficiency.

    The hearing dog assistance group adopts canines from shelters or rescue programs and invests about $17,500 of donated funds to train the canines to be a hearing or service dogs.

    The hearing dogs alert their partners by touch and lead them to a variety of everyday sounds, such as a knock on the door or doorbell, a ringing phone or an alarm clock — or for something more urgent such as a ringing smoke alarm. Service dogs assist physically challenged partners by opening doors and refrigerators, fetching out-of-reach wheelchairs, retrieving dropped items, turning lights on and off and can even move paralyzed limbs back into place.

    The dogs’ schooling lasts one year and uses positive training methods based on rewards not punishment. After the dog is matched based on the participant’s needs and the new owner undergoes months of training to live with the animal, the assistance dog is moved into the home.

    “I heard about the program through the VA, and they got me in contact with [THSD],” Conner said. “They have a special program that works with Operation Iraqi Freedom Soldiers.”

    The program, dubbed “Assistance Dogs for Military Personnel,” was formed by THSD in December 2007 thanks to a grant from the Texas Resources for Iraqi-Afghanistan Deployment Fund. This fund allows ADMP to provide trained hearing or service dogs to veterans that are deaf or have lost mobility during their service.

    So far, Conner is training to receive an assistance dog, and the ADMP wants to help more wounded servicemembers. The program will still train the dogs free of charge, but once the veterans take possession of the animal they’re responsible for the upkeep, which could average $600 a year.

    However, there are grants that can help veterans with the cost of upkeep, such as the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. This program provides financial assistance to IAADP members whose assistance dogs’’ health problems seriously interferes with its ability to work or has the potential of shortening the dog’s life if left untreated.

    Sheri Soltes, founder and CEO of Texas Hearing & Service Dogs, says that the newly formed ADMP will not only provide the same psychological and emotional benefits for wounded vets that it does for disabled civilians, but will result in social benefits as well.

    The Assistance Dogs for Military Personnel Program “provides a social benefit because when people first see someone in a wheelchair they may not know how to approach this person,” she said. “But when they see an assistance dog, it becomes an icebreaker and people want to engage in conversation about the dog and its partner.”

    And the dogs’ owners can regain a sense of independence that a serious injury may have hampered.

    “One of the program’s participants went to a library and was able to get a book with the help of his service dog,” Soltes added. “He said that the dog gave him his dignity back because he didn’t have to have anyone help him. He could do it.”

    The injured Conner looks forward to the day when he takes home his assistance dog and helps regain a new sense of autonomy. He’s currently training to live with his hearing dog and says that he’ll need the canine for “the rest of his life.”

    “The damage is done, I’ve lost my hearing. I have a special phone and my house is wired to help me hear,” Conner added.”But the hearing dog will help me get my independence.”

    If you’re a wounded servicemember interested in learning more about this program, or to make a donation to their parent organization, Texas Hearing & Service Dogs, visit their website at http://www.servicedogs.org.


  3. Don High Says:


    Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my mail. I am interested in adopting a retired military dog. Could you please forward any info that would be helpful.

    Thanks and have a great day.

  4. olotliny Says:

    Dear Don,
    Here are a few more links that might connect you to either a pet who needs a foster home while their person is serving and away or an animal that needs a forever home. –the key to success is determination and knowing what kind of animal person you are and being committed to them, their needs and understanding their mentality, personality and temperment. I do hope that you are successful.

    Most sincerely,
    proud ‘mom’ of rescued dog Buddy-our forever dog


  5. olotliny Says:

    I read an article today from the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124727385749826169.html on a program from “Puppies behind Bars” that trains service dogs for different jobs-one of which is for daily assistance for Veterans who have post traumatic stress. Very impressive and needed. Champion dogs for heroes. The dog is trained and has to pass testing and certification. The dog mentioned in the story – Tuesday learned 82+ commands to assist with daily living and responds to the anxiety cues/clues of their person–helping them to normalize their breathing, creating a barrier between their person and the agitating sensory stimuli… Check out the article and site. What a great program. The WSJ has a video embedded in the story–just watch the interaction-it’s real.


    “To apply for a service dog, please contact Puppies Behind Bars at 212.680.9562 and we will refer you to the appropriate service dog school with whom we have a partnership.”


    “WWII Vet Doggedly Works to Get Canine Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors” (7/27/09)



    “Measure Provides Service Dogs to Vets” (7/25/09)

  6. Michelle Gordon Says:

    How do I adopt one of these dogs? mgordon@nerinxhs.org

  7. kylie Says:

    i am interested in adopting a retired force german shepherd we already own a shepherd and would like a friend for her and i am just wandering how i go about adopting one

  8. Toddy Bailey Says:

    My name is Toddy Bailey, I am employed at an animal hospital in Conroe Texas and have extensive background in Schutzhund and similar styles of training. I have had German Shepherd Dogs all my life and find that I am in a position to offer a forever spot in my home to a retired military dog. I am able to offer references and am within a few hours drive of the base in San Antonio. Can you contact me and tell me what I need to do in order to be placed on the waiting list for one of your dogs? Thank you for your time.

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