In 1998 the National Police Dog Foundation (formally known as the Ventura Police Dog Foundation) began as a local group helping to fund the K-9 program for the City of Ventura, CA. Ventura Police Department Lt. Dave Inglis and veterinarian Dr. Ron Dalzell, along with a few volunteers, realized the need for a civilian organization to help fund K-9 units. In addition, many cities in Ventura County lacked budgets to fund their K-9 programs in their entirety, so the foundation expanded and became the Police Dog Foundation. Not only did police departments lack the initial funds to purchase and train a dog, many did not have a budget for serious medical issues. This continues to be the same circumstance today throughout the US, so the foundation expanded again and became the National Police Dog Foundation. Visit our FAQs page to learn more.

The National Police Dog Foundation began to support K-9 units throughout the United States in 2004. We currently assist law enforcement agencies through funding to achieve their goals of providing a K-9 unit with quality police dogs and training. In addition, the National Police Dog Foundation has also incorporated a network of veterinarians to help assist agencies with providing for maintenance care and possible emergencies as well as costly medical situations that might occur during their active service career. Equally important is to provide continued care for the police service dog after it retires. Our network of veterinarians includes some of the country’s most valued specialists in many varying areas of health care.

Currently, many dogs for police service work are imported from Europe. The origins of most working breeds are in these countries, providing us with some of the best bloodlines available. Although through many years of importing excellent breeding stock from Europe, the United States now has the ability to produce dogs of equal quality. One of the many benefits of dogs bred in America is that they do not have to travel the many hours now necessary by plane to come to the US, saving them the stress of these long flights.

It is the mission of the National Police Dog Foundation to raise funds, promote education and awareness for the purchase, training and on-going veterinary care for active and retired police K-9s. We hope you’ll join us in this effort by supporting this noble cause.

“The National Police Dog Foundation serves a vital role in assisting law enforcement provide the best dogs and veterinary support to our communities. These K-9s find the missing, comfort the victimized, and protect their partners daily. These dogs give their all and deserve the amazing support of the National Police Dog Foundation.”
Robert Davidson, Captain, Ventura County Sheriff's Office, CA
I was somewhat skeptical about implementing a K-9 program… I told Officer Mike Wall if he could find funding or at least partial funding for a dog program, I would entertain the idea. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think he would find an organization or collect enough donations to purchase a dog.

Officer Wall contacted the National Police Dog Foundation who graciously agreed to fund the initial purchase of the dog. Perhaps we just got lucky, but the personality of the dog blended perfectly with the handler. In addition to approximately 100 related arrests, the public relations mileage we get out of “Bud” pays for itself ten times over. “Bud” has the right temperament where, one minute a class of 7-year-olds can be climbing all over him, and five minutes later he will be on the job.

If has been an enlightening and positive experience for the City of Santaquin. I can say this without a doubt; if the National Police Dog Foundation had declined our request, we would never have been in the dog business. I truly appreciate those donors and all the unpaid personnel who dedicate their time and resources to make this possible. It has been a real blessing.

Rodney Hurst, Chief of Police, Santaquin City Police Department, UT