The National Police Dog Foundation (formally known as the Ventura Police Dog Foundation) began as a small group of local volunteers to help fund the K-9 program for the City of Ventura, CA. They soon realized the importance of a civilian organization to help fund K-9 units. Not only do police departments lack the initial funds to purchase and train a dog, but many also do not have a budget for serious medical issues.

In 1998, due to increased requests for assistance from K-9 units, the Foundation expanded regionally and became the National Police Dog Foundation. Visit our FAQs page to learn more.

In 2004, the National Police Dog Foundation expanded its support across the nation. We currently assist law enforcement agencies with funding to achieve their goals of providing their community with a K-9 unit that has high-quality and well-trained police dogs. In addition, the Foundation has a network of veterinarians who help assist agencies with costly medical situations that might occur during their active service career. Equally important to our Foundation is 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.

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