PASADENA, CA – If you watched the annual Rose Parade today, you might have noticed a float with a big, brown dog.
That float is the K9s4COPS float, a non-profit organization based out of Houston that raises money to buy police dogs for agencies all over the country.
This is the first time K9s4COPS is in the parade and they’re the only Texas organization in the parade this year as well.
K9s4COPS is only two years old and wants to help as many agencies get dogs as they can, but to do that they need more people to know about the organization and with one million people in attendance at the parade and another 100 million watching on TV, the parade is a great way to get the word out about what they do.
“There is a need for this worldwide. The number one bust we’ve had is six and a half million dollars by one dog in one stop and so it’s keeping our streets safe, officers safe, children and schools safe, we feel really, really good about it,” said K9s4COPS founder Kristi Schiller.
The float has to be covered with all organic materials, some K9s4COPS used include kelt, seaweed, and sesame seeds.
Since its inception, K9s4COPS has given close to 60 dogs to agencies in need across the U.S.