Our story started in January 2013 when our founder, Meribeth Broadway, became interested in assisting the efforts of Search and Rescue and Police K9s. After her own dogs were unable to qualify for Search and Rescue certification due to health concerns, Meribeth combined her passion for supporting working dogs with her background in canine training and veterinary experience.
She discovered that handlers of working and service dogs receive no support or funding for the expensive equipment and gear necessary to carry out their duties. Meribeth seized the opportunity to support the working and service dog community to acquire the proper resources necessary for their protection.
We are a registered 501@3 organization whose purpose is to support working and service dogs. The classes of animals we support are police, military, search and rescue, therapy, and service. We provide equipment, funds, training and resources for working and service dogs and their handlers. In the six years since our founding, we have vested police K9s with Kevlar vests and cooling vests for the search and rescue team. We have also provided numerous GPS tracking collars, mukluks and have even provided a fully equipped police cruiser for a small municipality in northern Missouri. We are currently investing in pop‐lock systems and kennels for police vehicles. Recently, we have begun investigating how to find and train service dogs for military veterans who cope with numerous types of combat‐related injuries and illnesses. As the needs of the organization and individuals we serve change and evolve, the services and gear we provide will also continue to change and evolve. In 2017 we started a Therapy Dog group to take dogs to schools and nursing homes. In 2018, the Therapy Dog Group became recognized by the AKC as being an AKC registered group. Recently we have begun investigating how to find and train not only police K9s, but also service dogs.
POLICE K-9 DOGS
We purchase or assist in the purchase of equipment for the Police K-9: - Police K-9 Kevlar (Bullet Proof) Vests - Police K-9 kennels - Pop lock systems for the Police K-9 vehicle - Even treats and reward toys for the Police K-9.
Many of our board members assist in the training of therapy dogs or therapy animals. We also educate the public about the use of therapy dogs and therapy animals in various situations.
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS
We help fund the purchase of GPS tracking collars, Cooling Vests, MukLuks (foot protective booties), and help fund search and rescue teams during times of crisis.
MILITARY K-9 DOGS
We ship toys, treats, training and reward items as well as beds and hygiene items to the Military K-9s that are in combat overseas.
We aim to support all forms of working and service dogs. Many of these dogs are owned and handled by individuals who have no means of fundraising for equipment and other resources necessary for the duties which they perform. These handlers give their time and effort to help others. We aid these canine and handler teams in acquiring the necessary gear through fundraising, education and other means.