Be the K9’s Hero!

The K9ER Project is Tails of Hope Foundation’s (TOHF) newest project.

Sponsor America’s first-of-its-kind, full service, emergency, mobile, surgical, veterinary hospital and advanced K9 lifesaving line-of-duty injury first-aid, and advanced decontamination training for national security K9 professionals serving in Law Enforcement (federal, state and local), the Military, Search and Rescue, etc.

Our K9ER’s Project is proud to be working with America’s titans in the national security and veterinary medicine fields, including Dr. James Michael Shorter.  Dr. Shorter served as the Lead Veterinarian at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 attack and is the designer of Tails of Hope Foundation’s 53 foot K9ER mobile hospital.  The K9ER hospital will serve throughout the United States at manmade and natural disaster sites supporting the K9 teams responding to mass shootings, explosions, hurricanes, tornadoes, building collapses, etc.


The K9ER’s  advanced National Security K9 Training Program launched to rave reviews earning a 5-star rating!  Police Detective Sergeant P.’s evaluation captured the sentiment of the police participants saying:

   “I haven’t stopped talking about all the incredible work you [TOHF] do, along with how fantastic the course was.  I’m still in awe of the level of knowledge, professionalism and communication the instructors, your staff and volunteers came with. 

   There’s a lot to be said about a class full of police officers willing to spend long hours with minimal breaks not wanting to leave.  It’s truly the best class I’ve had in my 22 years of law enforcement.  Thank you so much for all you do!”


The K9ER Project is seeking sponsors who will receive continuous highly visible recognition nationwide as the K9ER hospital rolls across America.

"Protect National Security K9s Who Protect Us!"

To discuss, please contact Tails of Hope Foundation’s President, Linda Blick, at or call 845-926-3478

Tails of Hope Foundation's world renowned subject matter expert trainers include:


  • David R. Kontny, retired as Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IED,  FBI, Washington, DC; currently serving as an international consultant on national security matters, MA
  • Lt Colonel James “Jay” Coisman, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA Chief of Animal Medicine, Veterinary Services Division, Defense Health Agency, Combat Veterinarian (retired) and now in private veterinary practice, VA
  • Lt Colonel Eileen Jenkins, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM) and Military Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives(CBRNE) K9 expert (retired) and now in private veterinary practice, AL
  • Dr. Erin Perry, (with K9 “Zorro”) the world’s most published author on biological and chemical hazard advanced K9 decontamination.  Dr. Perry and Dr. Jenkins published a paper on canine olfaction that has been downloaded over 75,000 times, MO 
  • Dr. James Michael Shorter, Lead Triage Veterinarian serving on September 11th, 2001 terror attack site at Ground Zero in New York City, NY and co-owner of Kalvig and Shorter Veterinary Associates, Manhattan NY
  • Deputy Chief William Gordon, Greenfield Mass Police Department and founder of The National Police Comfort Dog Movement, MA
  • TFC Kerry Halligan (with K9 “Schyler”), former CT State Police and First Female Lead K9 Trainer and founder/owner of Matrix K9.  Halligan is the world’s leading K9 detection trainer for cybercrime electronic storage (cell phones, computers, USBs, etc.), CT
  • Chief Joel Trella, founder of Bergen County New Jersey’s first Police K9 Unit in 1974 (ret) and former Sheriff of Bergen County, New Jersey; Joel currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, NJ.
  • Brian J. Corrigan, Counterterrorism Commander Canine Division, New York Police Department (retired NYPD); currently serving as Tails of Hope Foundation’s K9ER Project Director and K9 Explosives Detection Trainer/consultant, FL