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CWD Matys


May 1, 2009

Departed this life on

March 26, 2019

Biographical Info

CWD Matys starting working in 2011 and retired in Feb of 2017. He served honorably in Afghanistan and Iraq before transitioning into his new home with K9 Hero Haven in 2017. In February of 2017, he was adopted by George.


CWD Matys and George became “best friends” however, George had to deploy back to Iraq so K9 Hero Haven agreed to take Matys until he returned.


Unfortunately, while George was deployed CWD Matys had an intestinal blockage. He went into surgery and was stable but developed more issues. CWD Matys ended up passing away on March 26, 2019.


“One of the hardest things I ever had to do in life …was to tell someone serving in Iraq that their dog has passed away. We are all truly heartbroken. He was very loved and spoiled. He absolutely loved people and loved everyone he met. He loved going for rides, walks and hanging out on his mattress… most times “upside down.” Rest easy CWD Matys. You will always be loved and missed more than you will ever know.” -K9 Hero Haven (26 March 2019)


Message from George:
With a heavy heart I regret to inform all of you that my fur buddy did not survive his operation. He will be missed greatly and live on in my heart forever. I want to thank K9 Hero Haven and the foster family watching him for all of the love and care they gave him. I am happy that when he died, he was surround by your love. I am happy to have had him in my life. Thank you for all of the prayers and messages. Until Valhalla!!!



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Program or Non Profit Mission

“K9 Hero Haven is a 100% volunteer organization. K9 Hero Haven is dedicated to serving the military, veterans, and first responders by providing working dogs a home for retirement. The K-9s employed with the military and first responders are the best at what they do. They are expected to work in the most toughest of environments and face the harshest of conditions. At any moment, they are expected to selfishly give their live to save ours.


K9 Hero Haven helps to transition dogs to retirement. If at all possible, we want to re-unite a dog with its handler. We give preference to provide veterans and law enforcement with retired working dogs in honor of their sacrifices. We strive to educate the public on the roles that these dogs place in our world, and to highlight the level of training which goes into to these dogs never to forget the dedication to their service in keeping us safe from danger.  


We work hard to find good homes for our dogs. We also work to provide dignity and respect to the dogs who need some additional work to prepare them for their journey to retirement.”