Caring K9s, Inc. Caring K9s, Inc.

"Having a few minutes with a therapy dog is a very nice break because it brings us back to reality, grounds us and it just gives us a moment to destress."

- Kim Rodgers
Communications Training Supervisor
Hernando County Sheriffs Department

We are a Florida non-profit, volunteer-based organization of dedicated therapy dog handlers and their dogs on a mission of sharing kindness, comfort and love throughout Citrus and Hernando County. We have therapy teams that visit special needs centers, nursing homes, and many other facilities such as The Key Training Center, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Crest School, Springhill Health and Rehabilitation, Angelus House, Floral City Elementary School, Crown Pointe, Hope Youth Ranch School, Atria Evergreen Woods, Forest Oaks, Citrus County Courthouse, Spring Oaks, Evergreen Woods Health and Rehabilitation, Riverview High School, Baldomero-Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home and more. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special dogs to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike.

Our Team


D.J. Gwilt is a co-founder of Caring K9s and serves on the board of directors. She has been a Certified Dog Trainer since 2015, and is the trainer for Caring K9s.

Tina Stockton was a co-founder of Caring K9s and served on the board of directors before retiring from the organization in 2023.  Chloe is a Standard Poodle and was born on May 29, 2015 and retired her services in 2021.