Our Founder

Experienced dog-trainer and rescuer, Kathleen O’Sullivan, launched the organization in 2014 in response to the wave of returning veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Men and women returning from war are able to have their freedom restored when matched with a service dog—something Kathleen experienced firsthand with a family member who returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. 

Despite the life-changing benefits, an increasing number of veterans are being wait-listed for these valuable K9 companions.  Meanwhile, as veterans wait months for a dog, thousands of healthy dogs are euthanized daily in shelters throughout the country.

Kathleen and Lila
Lila and Bennie

We need happy, confident dogs that Wags and Warriors will train as service dogs for Veterans with PTSD or TBI.  The dogs should be between 1 and 2 years old, healthy, non-aggressive, not fearful of people or other dogs, between 50-85 pounds. 

happy confident dogs

If you have a dog that meets this criteria, that you are no longer able to keep, please call Wags and Warriors at 530-559-8079.


Grass Valley, CA. 95949
Telephone: 530-274-8079
Fax: 530-274-8079

General Inquiries


Are you a current war veteran diagnosed with PTSD who would like to train your own dog as a Service Dog? 

If so, please answer the following questions:
  • Is your dog comfortable around all people including children?
  • Is your dog comfortable when meeting new dogs? (Never barks and lunges at other dogs while on a walk).
  •  Can you take your dog out in public and  he/she is calm and not fearful?
  • Will your dog confidently approach new people?
  • Is your dog food motivated?

If you can answer "yes" to the previous questions we can evaluate your dog.  If the dog passes the evaluation we offer classes at no cost to you in training you how to train your dog as a service dog.

Please email kathleen@wagsandwarriors.org

Recently Kathleen appeared in this interview with Jim Firth of Nevada County TV, explaining how Wags and Warriors is attempting to honor and give back to our local veterans.

Kathleen is a certified professional dog trainer-knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Read more about her on her personal web page PawsitivePooch.dog