VCA Animal Hospitals Raise Over $23K for K9s4COPs

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South Texas and Louisiana VCA locations raised $23,912.80 during VCA Charities annual “Pennies for Pets” Campaign Challenge. The fundraising was a collaborative effort between VCA Charities, our local VCA Hospital Teams, and our amazing clients and community donors. 21 individual VCA Animal Hospital teams ran the campaign by asking their outstanding pet-loving clients to round up to the nearest dollar. The region worked together to donate this large sum of money to K9s4COPs on August 8, 2018, in League City Texas.

K9s4COPs is so thankful for VCA and all involved who supported the annual “Pennies for Pets” Campaign Challenge. We can’t wait to put more K9s on the streets and in schools thanks to the hard work from VCA Animal Hospitals!

18 Houston Charities Making a Difference for Local Animals in Need

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The numbers are staggering. Reports say that Americans happily spend at least $62.75 billion on their furry (or scaly) friends. And yet, there exists a sad dichotomy: studies suggest tens of millions of stray dogs and cats live on America’s streets or in rural areas. In Houston alone, the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control (BARC) once estimated 1 million stray animals are fighting for survival. Estimates vary on how many are euthanized in shelters annually — solely due to lack of space or willing adopters — but some figure BARC alone put down 15 animals per day in 2017.

Fortunately for the Bayou City’s four-legged population, myriad local charities are stepping up to assist, especially championing the no-kill movement. These groups range from on-the-ground rescues to networking and umbrella organizations. Their sole cause: the betterment of homeless and struggling animals’ lives in Houston. While hundreds of small groups exist, we’ve rounded up 18 organizations doing the yeoman’s work — and we’ve included a handy link to make a difference today.

A Place for Peanut
A Place for Peanut is a nonprofit horse sanctuary that mostly rescues miniature horses. Many of the horses at A Place for Peanut were rescued from kill pens and are rehabilitated and rehomed with families. The organization also strives to educate the public about kill pens and the horror that horses endure.
Donate here

Barrio Dogs
Barrio Dogs works with the mission of raising awareness about proper animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering pets — as well as the importance of animal birth control and humane treatment. While Barrio Dogs is not a rescue group, they have rescued many street dogs that were in especially poor physical condition, nursed them back to health, and found them homes. By focusing on the reasons why homeless animals exist, Barrio Dogs sheds light on other community problems and possible long-term solutions.
Donate here

Citizens for Animal Protection
Founded in 1972, Citizens for Animal Protection is committed to sheltering, rescuing, and placing homeless animals. They also work towards relieving animal suffering by preventing animal cruelty, providing humane education to develop an aware and responsive community, and advocating respect and compassion for animal life.
Donate here

DAWG Foundation
The DAWG Foundation provides a companion canine for U.S. military veterans (and select first responders) battling PTSD. The companion canine is well trained by DAWG Foundation-approved trainers, and is meant to provide everything from simple companionship and emotional support to limited mobility/distress assistance. Part of the DAWG Foundation’s mission is to adequately provide post-training counseling and inspections on the veteran/companion team.
Donate here

Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue is a breed-specific group dedicated to the rescue of German Shepherd dogs. The dogs are obtained from public shelters where they are scheduled to be euthanized, or they are given to the group directly by their owners. All dogs receive necessary healthcare, including spaying/neutering, and are microchipped before being placed in a foster home until they are adopted. The group also provides information and education to the community to develop a better life for all German Shepherds. This year marks its 10th anniversary making a difference for discarded, ill, or surrendered dogs.
Donate here

HOPE (Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor)
Hope is a coalition of animal advocates who are dedicated to ending the homelessness of dogs and cats in Houston through foster to adoption, feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return, and education. The organization is totally volunteer driven and happily accepts donations towards helping care for the many animals that are abandoned or homeless in Houston.
Donate here

Houston BARC Foundation
The Houston BARC Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for all animals in Houston — especially those under the care of the City of Houston’s BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions. Donations directly benefit animals sheltered at, or otherwise cared for by, BARC through purchases of medical, kennel, sanitary, and other supplies and equipment. The foundation also raises awareness about homeless and at-risk animals throughout our community and hosts community events.
Donate here

Houston Humane Society
The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to providing the highest quality of life possible to animals while also working toward ending cruelty, abuse, and overpopulation of animals. They receive no outside funding and depend entirely upon donations. They host events such as pet adoptions, humane education, and a spay/neuter clinic to encourage public education and aid.
Donate here

Houston PetSet
Houston PetSet is an umbrella organization that provides grants to animal welfare-related nonprofits in Houston. Through these grants, the organization seeks to end homelessness and alleviate suffering of animals. They hope to help those who are “in the trenches” on a daily basis rescuing, spaying, neutering, fostering, and adopting.
Donate here

Houston SPCA
The century-old Houston SPCA is Houston’s first and largest animal protection agency in the Gulf Coast region. It provides more than a dozen vital services and programs for the community, including adoptions, 24-hour injured animal rescue ambulance, and educational programs and outreach that promote commitment to and respect for all animals to help free them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation.
Donate here

K-9 Angels Rescue
K-9 Angels Rescue is committed to rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs in and around the city of Houston, regardless of their breed or their circumstance. The group seeks to address the dire need to educate the public about the effects of irresponsible breeding practices, while helping the community by alleviating overcrowding in area shelters.
Donate here

K9s4COPS
K9s4COPS was formed to address the need for funding the purchase of K9s for law enforcement agencies. K9s cost around $15,000 to $25,000 per dog, and most agencies struggle when budgeting for the purchase of a service animal. What most departments can budget for, however, is the required care, training, and transportation of a K9. K9s4COPs was founded to bridge this gap and ensure that K9 cost never keeps an officer from having their K9 partner.
Donate here

Rescued Pets Movement
One of Houston’s most high-profile and aggressive pet foster groups, Rescued Pets Movement provides a second chance for cats and dogs through rehabilitation, foster families, and finally, a home. Volunteers, donations, and foster families are crucial to RPM and the many animals they save each year from being euthanized. Sending animals as far away as Colorado, the group has saved more than 27,000 animal lives since 2013 and hosts an annual fundraising Fur Ball.
Donate here

SAVE Rescue Coalition
Save Rescue Coalition was formed to help animal rescue groups in Houston work together to reduce the homeless pet problem. The organization is entirely led by volunteers and receives no government funding, so they depend upon help from the community to care for homeless animals in Houston.
Donate here

Scout’s Honor Rescue
Scout’s Honor rescues animals from city pounds, local shelters, and the streets to provide them with a second chance in a loving home. The organization will take in animals regardless of their health or breed, but many times is limited by their funding, which prevents them from being able to save animals in need.
Donate here

SIRE
SIRE’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities and therapies, and educational outreach. The organization depends upon volunteers to assist clients both inside and outside the riding arena. Donations allow people with special needs to be partnered with SIRE’s specially trained horses, bringing about life-changing results.
Donate here

The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation
Houston Astros pitcher and fan favorite Lance McCullers Jr. is known for promoting his charity nearly as much as he does his World Series team. The young ace started the foundation to to invest time and resources into the promotion of pet adoptions, raise awareness for shelters and programs, and promote the idea of a no-kill world. McCullers and his wife Kara are hands-on leaders, hosting regular events in Houston. McCullers hopes to create a mobile pet adoption vehicle that can also be purposed as a rescue transport during natural disasters.
Donate here

Westbury C.A.R.E (Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts)
Westbury CARE addresses many of the growing animal-related problems in Houston. This includes roaming and stray animals, the trapping and neuter return of feral cats, lost and found animals, and a lack of neutering, spaying, and microchipping. CARE is completely volunteer-run and depends on fosters, volunteers, and donors to continue its critical work and connect with the Houston community through outreach and events, to help people understand the importance of caring for animals with kindness and providing pets with food, water, shelter, and love.
Donate here 

Source: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/city-life/07-23-18-houston-animal-dog-cat-adoption-charities-barc-humane-society-rpm-spca-cap-petset-k9s4cops-lance-mccullers-foundation/#slide=0

K9 Flash is Named the 2018 Law Enforcement Dog of the Year!

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Flash, a retired K9 officer and Project K-9 Hero ambassador, has been named a finalist for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award. The annual, nationwide contest honors “ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,” according to the Hero Dog Awards website. K9 Flash’s charity partner is K9s4COPs.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO VOTE EVERYDAY FOR K9 FLASH! You can vote once per day through September, 5th to help K9s4COPs win $7,500!

VOTE HERE: http://herodogawards.org/dog/k-9-flash/

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K-9 Flash went from a shelter puppy, deemed unadoptable, to becoming a successful Narcotics Detection Police K-9 with over 3,000 deployments and 2200 narcotic related finds and seizures in her career. After serving from 2005-2013 with the Yakima, WA Police Department Flash retired once again needing a home. Her original handler and trainer, Jason Johnson, got the opportunity to adopt her after he had left for federal service and was teaching K-9 courses in Virginia.

Flash then inspired Jason to start a national non-profit, Project K-9 Hero, to help other retired Police K-9 and Military Working Dog Heroes with medical care, food, and death benefit assistance once they are no longer covered by the agencies they serve. Their foundation has helped over 30 retired heroes with medical costs and they have another 45 in waiting for financial assistance.

There are seven categories and the K9 with the top votes in each category will be flown to Hollywood, California with their owner. They will attend the American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala on September 29th where the winning K9 will be announced live. The gala will be broadcasted on the Hallmark Channel in the fall.

Each 2018 Hero Dog Awards Finalist receives $2,500 for their charity partner, donated by American Humane. K9s4COPs is excited to have the support from Project K-9 Hero, K9 Flash, American Humane, and many others. The American Hero Dog will win an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Don’t forget to vote for K9 Flash! http://herodogawards.org/dog/k-9-flash/

 

Support K9s4COPs with Amazon Prime Day!!!

Today is Amazon Prime Day! 
Shop with our link and give back to K9s4COPs at no additional cost to you!
🚨🚨🚨SHOP HERE: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3659405

 

When you shop on Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can be donated to K9s4COPs through Amazon Smile. Amazon Smilewill give 0.5% of your total purchases of qualifying items to us, at no extra cost to you!
*You can set K9s4COPs.org as your charity of choice and every time you shop from Amazon, we will receive 0.5%!*

Keep our K9s smiling by shopping through Amazon Smile! :) Happy shopping!

The 36 hour sale ends Tuesday at 11:59p.m. and features more than 1 million deals!

Don’t forget to use our link to shop!

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Nominate A Deserving Dog For An AKC Humane Fund Award For Canine Excellence

K9s4COPs wants you to nominate your K9 for the AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence. Click the link below to read about the award and for the application to nominate your K9.

LINK: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/events/nominate-a-dog-akc-canine-excellence/

APPLICATION: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejnADkQrPAVrbg6NOpU1HvOVlPmlHWFpE0S5UNs2QBEJGObw/viewform

Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2018. 

Don’t forget to submit a photo to communications@akc.org after completing the application.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to help (kortney@k9s4cops.org).

Thanks!
K9s4COPs

Make today and everyday #GivingTuesday!

Make today #GivingTuesday! 
Make today #GIVINGTUESDAY (and everyday!) when online shopping on Amazon

 

When you shop on Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can be donated to K9s4COPs through Amazon Smile. Amazon Smilewill give 0.5% of your total purchases of qualifying items to us, at no extra cost to you!

🚨🚨🚨SHOP HERE: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3659405

*You can set K9s4COPs.org as your charity of choice and every time you shop from Amazon, we will receive 0.5%!*

Keep our K9s smiling by shopping through Amazon Smile! :)

P.S. Amazon Prime day is 6 Days away!!!

HELP US WIN $7,500!

Only two more days to vote for these paw-some K9s! K9 Odin and K9 Flash have been chosen as semifinalists in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards and chose K9s4COPs to be their charity partner.

You can vote for K9 Odin and K9 Flash to help us win up to $7,500! Voting ends July 11, 2018.

VOTE FOR K9 ODIN: http://bit.ly/k9odin
VOTE FOR K9 FLASH: http://bit.ly/k9flash

K9 Odin

Howdy! My name is Deputy Andrew Blauser and I work for the Waller County Sheriff’s Office in Texas. I would like to tell you about my partner K9 Odin. Odin is a 4 year old German Shepherd.I received K9 Odin on a grant from the organization K9s4COPs in April of 2017. We completed our lengthy academy in August of 2017. What I would like to share with you occurred on Thanksgiving Night of 2017. I am sitting at home with my 9 months pregnant wife and my family enjoying their company on Thanksgiving at our home in Katy, Texas. I see the horrible news that a Texas State Trooper named Damon Allen had been shot and killed along I45 while working holiday traffic. The person who did this fled the scene in an unknown direction. Hours pass, suddenly I get a call from a coworker who tells me to come to work that they had found Trooper Allen’s suspected murderer and he had again attempted to take a Deputies life and fled into a wooded area. I quickly got ready, kissed my family goodbye, loaded up Odin and rushed to the scene. While I cannot discuss specifically what occured at this time, the decision was made that because of the murder suspects actions, Odin would be utilized to capture the murder suspect. Odin performed perfectly and bravely captured the murderer suspect so that no other Police Officers would be hurt that day, myself included. In fact the next day my son was born. Odin made sure I survived to see my son born. K9 Odin is my Hero Dog and my best friend.

K9 Flash

K-9 Flash was found in an animal shelter when she was only 9 months old. She was picked up on the streets of Everett, WA, with no home, no name, and no family. We were starting a Narcotics K-9 course at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Sept of 2005, when we were evaluating dogs in shelters who possess a good hunt, air scent, retrieve, and prey drive. Flash excelled in all of those areas, so we took a chance on her and included her in the class just one day before she was to be euthanized. Once she had her chance, Flash excelled in Narcotics detection and graduated as the only dog to score 100% on her certification. She was assigned as the first Narcotics K-9 on Patrol at the Yakima Police Dept. while assisting to two DEA Narcotics Task Force Teams, Regional SWAT Team, and the Patrol Division, K-9 Flash had over 3000 deployments in her career with over 2200 Narcotic related finds and seizures. When Flash retired in 2013, she was just getting started. Because of her fortitude of surviving and her will to be so successful, she inspired her handler to start a national nonprofit to take care of retired K-9 Heroes like her with medical assistance, food, and end of duty services. Most people don’t know that when K-9 Heroes like Flash retire they lose all funding from the agencies they served. Therefore in 2016, K-9 Flash was the sole inspiration for the start of Project K-9 Hero, she now has her own children’s book (K9 Flash Becomes a Hero!) and travels the nation reading it at schools inspiring children

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

VOTE FOR K9 ODIN: http://bit.ly/k9odin
VOTE FOR K9 FLASH: http://bit.ly/k9flash

Summer Newsletter

K9s4COPs Summer Newsletter
Roll Call
K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs are very excited to announce our next two K9 grants, Weatherford Police Department and Corsicana Independent School District.

The K9 Officers will be dual purpose narcotics K9s and will start training with their chosen handler. The handlers and K9s will be trained at Pacesetter K9, a K9s4COPs training facility starting in July. Both of these K9s were funded through Discount Tire’s regional philanthropy program, Driven to Care.

Stay tuned, we can’t wait for these dynamic duos to hit the streets! Stopping crime, one K9 at a time!

HELP US WIN $7,500!

We have some PAW-SOME news! Two K9 semifinalists in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards have chosen K9s4COPs to be their charity partner.

You can vote for K9 Odin and K9 Flash each day through July 11, 2018 to help us win up to $7,500!

VOTE FOR K9 FLASH: http://bit.ly/k9flash
VOTE FOR K9 ODIN: http://bit.ly/k9odin

Reel ‘Em In Foundation Recap
What an exciting start to the summer for K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs. We are incredibly grateful to partner with the Brian Robison Reel ‘Em In Foundation for the third year in a row.

The Texas fishing tournament raised over $100,000 and we just recently had another successful tournament in Minnesota with all proceeds benefitting K9s4COPs!

Brian and Jayme work countless hours for their foundation. We are so thankful to have their support and the many others who help to make these tournaments a huge success! K9s4COPs would not be what it is today without their continuous support. We are already planning for the tournaments next year and can’t wait!

K9 Elliott enjoying his pup-cup at the Reel ‘Em In Foundation.
SAVE THE DATE! Unleashed 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6-9 pm
Goode Company Armadillo Palace
5015 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77098
Chairs: Melissa Juneau and Laurie Krohn
Community Honoree: Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Precinct 1
More information will be coming soon, stay tuned!
Stopping crime, one K9 at a time!
Thank each of you for your continued support of K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs. Each year, K9s4COPs is adding more K9s on the streets and in schools to fight crime. As we continue to grow, so does our need for support. K9s4COPs was founded to bridge the gap and ensure that a K9s cost never keeps an Officer from having their K9 partner. You can be a part of the important work of K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs and help us continue to stop crime, one K9 at a time!

Make a donation today, every dollar counts!
www.K9s4COPs.org/donate

Straight bass, homie: Randy Moss’ team wins fishing tournament

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Making predictions is a risky business, but Randy Moss doesn’t shy away from much.

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer and one of the greatest Minnesota Vikings in franchise history was back in the Land of 10,000 lakes last weekend for current Vikings defensive end Brian Robison’s charity event.

‘I bet you we are going to win’

Robison’s charity is called the “Reel ‘Em In Foundation”; as you’d expect, his big annual event includes a fishing tournament. This year they fished in the small town of Wabasha, Minnesota (immortalized in the “Grumpy Old Men” movies), and there was an auction the night before the tournament.

Wabasha resident David Meyer paid $7,000 for the chance to be on Moss’ fishing team during the auction, and after Moss said, “We’re going to enjoy ourselves, and I bet we’re going to win this.”

He wasn’t wrong: at the end of the day on Saturday, the team of Moss, Meyer and pro fisherman Ott DeFoe were declared the winners.

But Robison wasn’t about to let Moss get all the glory for making his prediction come true.

“He backed it up, but he had a pretty good boat captain in Ott DeFoe,” Robison told the Vikings’ website. “He walked it, he talked it and came away with some hardware.”

Moss and Robison weren’t teammates in Minnesota – Robison was drafted in 2007, and by then Moss was in New England – but appreciated Moss, an avid outdoorsman, giving his time.

“He doesn’t have to say yes to this. For him to come out shows the type of character he has. I couldn’t be more appreciative of the guys that came out here,” Robison said “They are household names, and they know when they come here they are going to get bombarded by fans, but they embrace it and that’s what I love about it.”

Robison’s current teammates Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen were also part of the tournament.

Money raised helps police departments

Robison’s foundation has partnered with K9s4Cops, which helps departments get K9 partners to help their work in communities.

Thanks to past Reel ‘Em In Foundation tournaments, the sheriff’s department of Goodhue County, which neighbors Wabasha County, has three K9s. Last weekend, over $30,000 was raised for more dogs to be donated.

Robison’s father, Terry, spent 29 years in the Houston Police Department.

SOURCE: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/straight-bass-homie-randy-moss-team-wins-fishing-tournament-183856600.html