First, a working dog might have a career within a branch of the military or police department detecting narcotics, explosives or tracking criminals. Others lend their nose, sight or hearing to search and rescue, or provide therapy for those with physical, social, emotional and cognitive challenges.
Most dogs endure multiple tours of duty and years of service to their country stateside or aboard. Some come back having lost limbs and others give their lives in service.
Due to the high intensity of their jobs, these K-9s experience wear and tear that normal pets do not and this can cause them to retire early with complicated injuries or conditions.
And why do they need our help?
Those who retire from a working dog career due to these injuries need medical care.
"What most people don't know is there's no funds available to take care of these retired heroes once they get out of service. There's no government or public program in place to help pay for their medial bills, their food, or their end of duty services," Jason Johnson of Project K-9 Hero said.
Many times the burden of medical care falls on the K-9 handler or worse is not covered at all. Unfortunately the U.S. military and government does not currently recognize their incredible service with additional support in retirement.
Thankfully, Project K-9 Hero fills this gap and ensures the best quality of life for these heroes by providing assistance with medical costs, food and end-of-duty services. "These K-9 heroes spent their entire careers protecting us so we'll spend the rest of ours protecting them," Jason continues.
Project K-9 Hero is dedicated to making sure no retired police K-9 or military working dog ever goes without medical care just because no funds are available to them.
Protecting America's Retired K-9 Heroes
AtProject K-9 Hero, we rely on donors like you to support these efforts, since there are no public funds for these retired Police K-9's and Military Working Dogs. Together, we can honor our retired K-9 Heroes.
We promise your gift will make an impact and change a dog's life!