Spike’s K9 Fund was founded in 2014, to provide active and retired working K9s the support, equipment, and post-retirement care they need and deserve.
Spike’s K9 Fund was founded by James Hatch, a retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and named after his first working K9 “Spike” who was killed in action in 2006. James was a K9 handler on multiple combat deployments. He and his team regularly relied on the K9’s to preserve their lives. On the night James was wounded in 2009, a K9 named “Remco” saved his life while losing his own. Now James is committed to preserving K9 lives in the same, dedicated way that the K9’s preserved human lives.
Our Combat Dog Diesel Medical Campaign provides assistance with medical care costs when a K9 becomes sick or injured. We want to make sure every K9, active and retired, receives the care they need and deserve.
Combat Dog Diesel, like all working dogs before and after him, are an integral part in the success of every mission. He did everything that was asked from him, without any hesitation. On one such mission, Combat Dog Diesel took an AK-47 round to the chest. After significant rehab, Diesel returned to support his crew on several more combat deployments (completing EIGHT deployments total). With donations to this Campaign, Diesel was able to retire and live a comfortable life after war.