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July 1, 2007


October 11, 2017

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CWD Ringo served his life in Afghanistan and retired in June 2017. Shortly after returning to the United States, test and scans confirmed that CWD Ringo had an inoperable brain tumor. His only option was radiation. He received 20 treatments and started to enjoy retirement.


Sadly, the radiation took a toll on his body. The biopsy left his skull area without bone. It was very soft and a risk of constant infection. The tumor effected his balance and caused him to fall and be unsteady. Unfortunately, at a vet appointment the veterinarian diagnosed that CWD Ringo was dealing with an infection at the biopsy site. The area had become compromised and just would not heal. His skin had also been deteriorating in several areas.


That day, CWD Ringo passed in K9 Hero Haven founder, Anne Gibbs’, arms.


Even though his retirement was brief, he enjoyed attending events as an ambassador of K9 Hero Haven. He loved people and enjoyed ice cream, treats and toys. He became a huge inspiration to all people especially cancer survivors.

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“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.”