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AKC Reunite announces 100th grant donated through Adopt a K-9 Cop Matching grant program

February 8, 2022  By Blue Line Staff


Feb. 8, 2022, Raleigh, NC – AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States, announced that 100 grants have been donated to police departments throughout the nation through its AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program. Funds were raised by contributions from AKC clubs and community members, with AKC Reunite matching donations at a three-to-one ratio.

The 100th Adopt a K-9 Cop grant was given to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Sylva, NC sponsored by The United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) with AKC Reunite matching the funds raised three-to-one. The USPCA has been a top participating sponsor in the program.

The Adopt a K-9 Cop program allows AKC Reunite to match funds from AKC Clubs, AKC affiliated organizations and the public, three-to-one, up to $7,500 per grant through the Canine Support and Relief fund. These donations help police departments throughout the United States purchase K-9 police dogs. Many of the police dogs acquired with the help of these grants are used as patrol dogs as well as detection dogs, helping to locate narcotics, explosives and/or evidence.

“We are thrilled to have donated 100 grants through the AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “K-9 police dogs are a vital asset to law enforcement agencies nationwide and these grants help local police departments acquire police dogs, contributing to increased safety in their communities.”

“The United States Police Canine Association is excited to assist the AKC Reunite program, which helps provide funding for new and additional police canines to law enforcement across the country,” added Don Slavik, Executive Director for the USPCA.

A total of 100 Adopt a K-9 Cop grants have been awarded since the inception of the program.


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