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Sponsor Profile: Zoetis

The National Police Dog Foundation is very pleased to profile our sponsor Zoetis and the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis.

In an effort to thank our sponsors and to highlight the generous donations they have made to the National Police Dog Foundation, from time to time we will be featuring a Sponsor Profile in our newsletters. This month, we are honoring the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis.

The K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis, a sponsor of the National Police Dog Foundation, was launched in March 2015 with the aim of providing healthcare assistance to retired police and military dogs. Each K-9 owner receives $300 annually to aid in any veterinary expenses, including general check-ups, vaccinations, medications, and more, and the initial goal was to aid 500 K-9s. The program was such a success, that it has already expanded twice to meet a growing demand. It now serves up to 650 K-9s annually. In 2017, this will amount to a total of approximately $225,000 in financial support for retired K-9s. Each of these K-9s receives this compensation for the duration of its lifetime.

“My K-9 Ghera has been retired about two years now, and she’s had some medical issues in that time,” says Deputy Jimmy Douglas of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “The National Police Dog Foundation got us set up with the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis and it’s been a huge, huge help. I’m a huge fan of the program; they make it really easy.”

The National Police Dog Foundation is appreciative of the support Zoetis provides to retired police and military K-9s, and we are especially grateful for the annual donation of $10,000 that Zoetis provides to the National Police Dog Foundation. Through the Foundation, Zoetis has assisted in the medical care of K-9 Ghera of Ventura County, K-9 Falco of Brewster Village, NY, K-9 Thor of Nevada Highway Patrol, K-9 Rio of Cottonwood, AZ, and dozens more.

“It is a privilege to partner with the National Police Dog Foundation to support the health of so many deserving service animals through our K-9 Courage Program, and to raise awareness about the medical needs of these special dogs who have given so much to police organizations and communities across our nation,” says Dr. J. Michael McFarland, Executive Director, Companion Animal Marketing at Zoetis. “After the careers, these heroic dogs have led, we are honored to be able to assist with their continued veterinary care in their retirement.”

Many retired K-9s are currently receiving assistance, but there are numerous more on the waiting list who need your help. To help these worthy police K-9s, please click on the following link and select the “Retired K-9 Medical Fund” from the drop-down:

To learn more about the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis, please click on the link:

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