News website CantonRep.Com has published a news story with video of K9 Jethro’s funeral that can be found HERE.
Thanks to a generous donation by United Airlines, K9 Jethro’s partner, Office Ryan Davis will be flying for free to Houston on Sunday, January 24th. Once arriving in Houston, Officer Davis will have an opportunity to select a new partner from one of K9s4COPs’ vendors.
January 10th was a somber day at the K9s4COPs office, as news from social media informed us that K9 Jethro of the Canton Police Department passed away after suffering gunshot wounds to the face, shoulder, and neck while attending to a burglary.
K9s4COPs has made contact with the Canton Police Department and will be granting a K9 to the department in memory of Jethro’s.
For more information on Jethro and K9s4COPs click HERE [Warning: the news article linked contains some slightly graphic imagery]
K9s4COPs was on KPRC Channel 2 with the buzz on the K$9Challenge.
During the month of December, K9s4COPs is trying to raise the money place two K9s, one in a school and one on the streets, into our community. To do this, we are asking our supporters to donate $9 to our cause!
All it takes is 2,000 fans participating in the challenge to make our streets, community, and schools safer. Do your part today, the link to donate is below.
K9s4COPs visited the Houston Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to recieve the 2015 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Every year, FBI field offices select a community partner to receive the prestigious award.
The special award, presented on behalf of the director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in the United States.
K9s4COPs grants Austin County Sheriff’s Office with their only police K9, Jack, a single purpose narcotics detection dog.
K9 Jack with Austin County Sheriff’s Office, granted by K9s4COPs.
In 2014, K9s4COPs partnered up with AMK9 Academy in Alabama, to place returning “Hero Dogs” from Afghanistan into law enforcement agencies across the country.
Austin County Sheriff’s Office applied for K9s4COPs’ grant and received the exciting news that their application had been accepted in December 2014. In January, Deputy John Fullen headed to AMK9 Academy for six weeks to select and train with his new partner. After working with three other dogs, Fullen selected K9 Jack and the two graduated from training on February 6, 2015.
K9 Jack has since “hit the streets” of Austin County with his handler, patrolling over 20 miles of highway and has already gone on four deployments in his first two weeks.
“Jack has come in at a time when we have not had a canine designated for Austin County. There is a strong need for a narcotics canine and he is definitely fulfilling that need and service that we have been without for about two years. Everyday that we have been on duty, Jack has been called out. Having him just gives us that extra tool to catch any money or drugs going up and down our highway and community.” –Deputy John Fullen
K9s4COPs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that grants K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools in need. In 4 years, the organization has granted 82 K9s to 50 agencies and 5 schools in 17 states. Each K9 costs between $10,000-$15,000, depending on their purpose. The grant provided by K9s4COPs pays for the cost of the K9, as well as the training for the officer and his K9 partner. To learn more about K9s4COPs or to donate, please visit www.K9s4COPs.org.
Deputy John Fullen and K9 Jack with Austin County Sheriff’s Office and Kristi Schiller, Founder of K9s4COPs on February 23, 2015 at the Austin County Courthouse.
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.
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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.
“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.
KHOU 11’s Courtney Perna visits the K9s 4 Cops organization, a non-profit providing law enforcement agencies, school districts and college campus police departments with K9s trained and ready for action. Watch the video.