Oketz K9 Unit
Veterans Foundation

Leading the Pack (HaHolchim BaRosh)

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About Us

At the heart of our foundation, you'll find a group of dedicated individuals who have a unique bond - we are veterans of the “Oketz” Canine Unit, a proud and elite part of the Israeli Defense Forces.

United by our shared service, we are a diverse community of both men and women who have had the honor of working alongside some of the most extraordinary four-legged heroes on the planet.

4 K9 Soldiers with their dogs

Our Mission

The “Oketz" K9 Unit Foundation was born out of our deep love and appreciation for the remarkable dogs and the life-saving work we've been fortunate to be a part of. Our mission is threefold:


Support our fellow veterans


Ensure the well-being of our retired service dogs


Extend a helping hand to the unit that plays a huge role in saving lives.

The Oketz Canine Unit Operation

The “Oketz” K9 Unit, plays a pivotal role in protecting and serving the Israeli people. These highly trained K9 teams are indispensable in the fields of counter-terrorism, explosive detection, search and rescue missions, and ultimately, saving lives.

These courageous women, men and dogs work shoulder to shoulder, driven by a common purpose - to safeguard our homeland and ensure the safety of our citizens.

IDF K9 Special Forces

Your Support Matters

We invite you to join us on this meaningful journey. Your support is invaluable in helping us achieve our mission. By donating to the "Haholchim Barosh" (Leading Ahead) Foundation, you are directly contributing to the welfare of our veterans and their loyal canine partners. You're also strengthening the capabilities of our unit and its ongoing mission to protect and serve.

Your generous donations go towards a variety of critical initiatives, including:

Veterinary Care

Ensuring our retired service dogs receive the best medical attention and support throughout their lives.

Training and Equipment

Providing essential training resources and equipment in times of need to keep our K9 teams at the top of their game.

Assistance for Veterans

Offering financial and emotional support to our alumni who may be facing challenges after their service.

Community Programs

Developing programs that bring our veterans together and provide a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

By supporting the Foundation, you are standing with the heroes who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our nation.

Join us in leading ahead, honoring the past, and securing the future.

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