July 11, 2024

AKC Reunite Awards More Than $1.4 Million in 2024 Grants for Adopt a K-9 Cop Program

AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet microchip identification and recovery service provider in the US, is pleased to announce that it has awarded all 2024 grants through its AKC Reunite Adopt A K-9 Cop matching grant program. “AKC Reunite is so proud to be able to partner with AKC clubs to support these departments in such a significant way,” said Tom Sharp, President and CEO of AKC Reunite. “The hundreds of K-9 officers who are serving around the country due to this grant program are helping their communities with bomb detection, community outreach and on patrol.”

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. These donations help police departments throughout the US 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. A total of 759 Adopt A K-9 Cop grants have been awarded since the inception of the program in 2013 and, as of this year, the program has awarded more than $5.7 million in grants.

“AKC and AKC Reunite are proud to be able to make these grants available to our K-9 first responders and the public they serve,” said Christopher L. Sweetwood, AKC Board member and founder of the AKC Reunite Adopt A K-9 Cop Program. “Their dedication to duty protects our nation and keeps us safe. We look forward to continuing this tradition and greatly appreciate the law enforcement community and their canine partners for their service.”

Contributing clubs for these donations include the US Police Canine Association, Beaver County Kennel Club, Cary Kennel Club, Clemson Kennel Club, Dayton Kennel Club, Decatur American Kennel Club, Des Moines Obedience Training Club, Forsyth Kennel Club, Garden City Kansas Kennel Club, Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club, Kennel Club of Columbus Indiana, Lima Kennel Club, Lost Coast Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Myrtle Beach Kennel Club, Newnan Kennel Club, Savannah Kennel Club, Seattle Kennel Club, Town & Country Kennel Club and Trap Falls Kennel Club.

Police departments interested in receiving grants in 2025 can learn more at AKC Reunite.

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