The K9 Hero Portrait Project was created to provide our military, law enforcement handlers and adoptive owners or retired working dogs a commemorative portrait of their K9 Hero while educating the public about the working dog’s service and career. This includes portraits for handlers who were unable to adopt their partners due to redeployment of either the soldier or the K9. Military members leave their friends and families behind, and these dogs become their new best friend, confidant, therapist and their child. The bond between a handler and these K9s is unlike any other I've seen or witnessed. For them, we create these portraits to immortalize their K9 partners.
The K9 Hero Portrait Project created by Loreen Pantaleone is a Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that accepts a limited number of K9 Hero nominations per year to have their portraits completed and donated. The K9's must have either Military, Police, FBI or Service Dog backgrounds as these portraits are not paid for by the handlers/soldiers and owners, they receive them as "Thank Yous" from The K9 Hero Portrait Project for their service to our country. The cost of these large portraits is fronted by the K9HPP and relies on donations and sales of K9 related merchandise created from the portraits (limited edition prints and challenge coins). Non-Profit Organizationin Benton, Pennsylvania