K9s4COPs Roll Call

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K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs is 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 in July at K9s4COPs training facility, Pacesetter K9.  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!

Kyle Field Day

Kyle Field Day

Kyle Field Day is a free service event located inside the concourse of Kyle Field in which students, families and Bryan/College Station residents can participate in 50+ creative, interactive booths set up by various on and off campus organizations to benefit their respective causes.

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Kyle Field Day is hosted by Memorial Student Center Freshmen in Service and Hosting (MSC FISH), a freshmen leadership organization  at Texas A&M University.  Our two K9s4KIDs K9s, K9 Tyson and K9 Jackie, at Texas A&M University were even able to stop by!

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Our service project at Kyle Field Day was to paint a dog house and….

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THUMB-thing special! U Paint-It! here in College Station was so generous to donate the ceramic dog bowls for us to “paint” at the event. Every person that came by the K9s4COPs booth left their thumbprint on a dog bowl. We had over 1,000 people stop by!

Want one of these awesome dog bowls or dog house for yourself?! Good news, they will be auctioned off at our gala on October 10th! Stay tuned for more details!!

Mays Business School Supports K9s4COPs

As the semester comes to an end, the Strategic Philanthropy class at Mays Business School has been been busy deciding on how to distribute $62,500 in grant funding.

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The students in the class evaluated 43 nonprofit applications from Bryan and College Station. K9s4COPs is so excited to announce we are one of the five nonprofits to receive funding. We are so grateful for the support from The Philanthropy Lab and a newfound partnership with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation’s Community Grant Program, Texas A&M University, and Mays Business School. The $12,500 grant we received will go to purchase a K9 officer!

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Campaigning for K9s: From Pups to Cops

BY JANET SHAMLIAN

Kristi Schiller says the story stopped her cold.

Watching a news broadcast about a grief-stricken Houston-area deputy who lost his K9 partner during a struggle with a suspect, the reporter mentioned there wasn’t enough money to give the officer a replacement pup. A self-described lover of both dogs and law enforcement, Schiller dug into her own pocket to pay for a new K9 partner for the deputy. That was four years and sixty dogs ago.

Ruff Times: Woman Donates K9s to Cops

 

Police K9’s do important work, no one disputes that, but many police and sheriff’s departments are cash crunched and have been forced to cut K9s from the budget. The highly trained dogs can cost upwards of $15,000, just for the initial purchase. Schiller saw a need and vowed to fill it. She started K9s4COPS, a non-profit organization that buys and trains the dogs and then gives them away to law enforcement officers. Her first fundraiser was in her backyard. She began knocking on corporate doors all over Texas, asking for donations.

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“Kristi Schiller is not a gal you say no to,” says a friend who became a supporter.

Any law enforcement agency can apply and Schiller has enlisted a handful of deputies and police officers who review the applications once a quarter and make recommendations. Those who receive good news travel to Houston to choose and train with their K9 partner before returning home as a team. Schiller’s dogs are now fighting crime in 17 states.

Pasadena, Texas Police Office Mark Brinker received his K9 partner, Austin, in January.

“It would be a whole different show without him,” Brinker says.

Schiller deflects the credit, “It’s amazing what they’ve done with what little I’ve given them.”

Instead, she wants to tell you about her next challenge, giving dogs to schools. The mom of a young daughter, Schiller has launched K9s4KIDS and has given away six so far to promote what she calls a safe learning environment.

Kristi Schiller with her King German Shepherd


Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/making-a-difference/campaigning-k9s-pups-cops-n175526

K9s4COPs featured on CultureMap Houston

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Two H-Town bombshells with charity cred get a lot of national media love

Shadow Sentinels

Every time I learn of another school shooting I can’t help but think what if a K9 had been present?

Teachers packing heat aren’t the answer. They underpaid superheroes to begin with; they don’t need this added responsibility. Even if they’re certified to carry, do they have to time to go the range and maintain their skills? I’m fortunate enough to have my own gun range and know what it takes to remain proficient with firearms. It takes work! I could not imagine trying to maintain that precision while trying to herd 25 screaming first graders!

What happens when children are hit with “friendly fire” from a person with the very best of intentions? You can control a weapon but what about those children around it? Who is going to stop a panicking child from running where they shouldn’t? That’s the teachers job. Keeping them out of harm’s way not inadvertently putting them there!

What if the weapon falls into the hands of a child? Or one of those students on edge that are often at the heart of theses tragic shootings?

I believe K9s are the deterrents we should be seeking. A K9 isn’t going to stop an active shooter situation, but he can sure buy an extra 45 seconds for those seeking safety or signal when someone’s entering campus with gunshot residue on their hands or firearms, or heaven forbid, explosives, in their backpacks! It’s already well documented as to how successful K9s are at keeping drugs off of campuses, why should firearms be any different?

People DO NOT realize how highly trained these dogs truly are! They might not be able to “detect crazy” but trust me their instincts on crazy are way better than ours! How many times have we seen stories where household pets have alerted their owners to dangerous situations? How about the dog that warned the family off of the abusive babysitter? The dogs, on their own, have that instinct. K9s are selected for that superior trait and it’s honed to perfection through training.

Take our own “Shadow Sentinels,” our personal protection K9s. I can’t fathom the safety of my child without her “ninja nanny.” My daughter Sinclair is 44 pounds, dripping wet. If someone was to grab her and starting running, there’s not much she can do. With K9 Daisy at her side, the odds of a stranger danger dramatically decrease.

All it takes is one code word (usually in Czech, Dutch or German) to put Daisy in stealth mode. She locks on an assailant to give Sinclair a chance to get free. When the code word for stop is engaged, she immediately stops and goes back to family pet mode. Again, the switch is immediate, from jaws clamped around an attacker one second to being attacked by pets and praise by a group of children in another.

K9s4KIDs may not be the best answer, but until someone comes up with a better one that doesn’t involve $1,000 Kevlar backpacks or blankets, I’m not budging.

-Kristi Schiller