The History of Ridgeside K9 Foundation
At RSK9F, we source, train, and provide psychiatric support dogs to our heroes facing PTSD and other mental health issues. Veterans often compartmentalize and deal with the stressors of combat, long deployments, and overall sacrifices. Our Law Enforcement brothers and sisters deal with continued exposure to death, fatalities, violence, suicide, and the sacrifice it takes to complete a career in law enforcement. Our legal and government workers are also exposed to the same levels of combined stress as well and serve our military and law enforcement officers to assist in the mission.
MAKING AN IMPACT
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OUR FOUNDERS BACKGROUND
Behind the Scenes
Ridgeside K9 Foundation founder Aaron Taylor entered the military as soon as he graduated High School. He spent six years in the Marine Corps serving in infantry, reconnaissance and embassy duty under diplomatic security. Upon exiting the Marine Corps Aaron was rated 100% combat disabled.
After his departure from the Marines, Aaron joined the Loudon County Sheriff's Office working in patrol, street crimes, and undercover narcotics Aaron moved onto full-time SWAT and then full-time SWAT K9 handler, a position he would hold until retirement. During his career Aaron attended night school at George Washington University, in Home Land Security and the Science of Policing. To supplement his income, he created a YouTube Channel for K9 training, which quickly grew, he had found his calling. He soon started Ridgeside K9, LLC with only a $50 wire crate. Aaron soon turned it into a high 8 figure business with zero investors, zero loans, and zero banks. Ridgeside K9 LLC now has 18 locations in seven states and collectively employs hundreds of individuals, many of which are veterans and prior law enforcement.
Wanting to do more to help people with PTSD (which Aaron also has), Aaron created the Ridgeside K9 Foundation in 2019.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Is A Service Dog Right For You?
We are dedicated to providing Veterans and First Responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a trained service dog to assist in life’s daily challenges.