K-9s are considered a specialty unit, which means technically they could run a department without them, unlike police cars, police officers, and their training. More than 80% of a police department’s budget goes toward salaries, and the remaining 20% is needed for equipment and training of the officers. There are simply not enough funds for most agencies to include the costs of K-9 units in their general budget.
Because of this, most law enforcement agencies need public and corporate donations to purchase K9s and pay for the dog’s training and medical care.
Without your support, K-9 programs run the risk of being eliminated whenever departments are in financial distress. Without the assistance of the National Police Dog Foundation, working and retired police dogs are at risk of having shorter and less comfortable lives because the costs of their medical care is a heavy burden on the agencies. After a life of dedicated service to our communities, the K-9’s deserve a well-earned comfortable and restful retirement.