Newtown Square, PA (PRWEB)
September 13, 2017
Petplan pet insurance and the National Police Dog Foundation (NPDF) today announced the winners of the inaugural K-9 Health Insurance Grant. The endowment, a joint effort between Petplan and the Foundation, awards one year of pet insurance to five currently active police dogs throughout the U.S.
WINNING GRANT RECIPIENTS ARE:
Reximus, 3-year-old German Shepherd
Nome Police Department, Nome, AK
Handler: Justin P Timm
Sergeant Timm started the K-9 program at the Nome Police Department after many years without a K-9 unit. Reximus specializes in narcotics detection and is the only four-legged officer all of Western Alaska (he’s very busy!).
“I’ve been paying for Reximus’ veterinary care, including airfare for emergency transport, with the understanding it may not be reimbursed,” Timm said on his grant application. With his new Petplan policy, 90% of Reximus’ unexpected veterinary expenses will be covered.
Rudy, 2-year-old Shepard/Malinois mix
Upland Police Department, Upland, CA
Handler: Quinn Hanley
Rudy’s K-9 team is funded primarily through donations from the public (the city covers vehicle upkeep and the handlers’ salaries only). The Petplan/NPDF grant will allow the Upland PD to maximize existing funds and put future donations toward the training and equipment needs of the K-9 unit.
“People don’t see it, but these aren’t normal dogs: they are the elite athletes of the canine world,” says Handley. “And just like professional athletes, on a daily basis they can be subject to injury. Having an insurance grant allows us to maximize our budget on other necessary items like training, equipment and dog food.”
Coale, 1-year-old German Shepherd
Amory Police Department, Amory, MS
Handler: Dawn McClendon
Coale has just begun a 5-week program training for narcotic alert, search and rescue, and patrol duties. He is the first K-9 to join the unit since 2012; the department has lacked funding for canine officers for the past five years. His pet insurance grant will help keep costs down and keep the K-9 program thriving in Amory.
“Our department knows first…