The grants aim to help police departments acquire police dogs
AKC Reunite—a non-profit for pet microchip identification and recovery service provider in the United States—has awarded over $1 million in grants through its AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching program. According to an organizational release, the funds were contributions from AKC dog clubs and community members, and AKC Reunite matched donations at a 3-to-1 ratio.1
"AKC Reunite is so thankful to be in the position to help so many K-9 units around the country," said AKC Reunite CEO Tom Sharp, in an organizational release. "The response to this grant program has been amazing and we look forward to its continued positive impact."
Donations made to AKC Reunite help police departments purchase K-9 police dogs nationwide. According to the release, the police dogs acquired through this program are used as detection dogs and patrol dogs to help police forces discover narcotics, explosives, and/or any other evidence.1
Since the program's founding, AKC Reunite has awarded 154 Adopt a K-9 Cop grants. The 2 most recent grants that helped the program reach $1 million were from the Shepherdsville Police Department in Kentucky and the Wahpeton Police Department in North Dakota.
AKC Reunite reaches $1 million in grants for Adopt a K-9 Cop Program. News release. AKC Reunite. April 6, 2022. Accessed April 7, 2022. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/akc-reunite-reaches-1-million-in-grants-for-adopt-a-k-9-cop-program-301518974.html