In 2013, after her own dogs were not able to qualify for Search and Rescue certification due to health concerns, founder Meribeth Broadway, wanted to find ways in which she could offer support. After learning that the handlers of working dogs receive little to no support or funding for the expensive equipment and necessary expenses to carry out their duties, Meribeth combined her passion for supporting working dogs with her background in canine training and veterinary experience to begin Dogs on Duty. Since the founding, we have be able to donate resources to the working dog community. These items are necessary for the k9s protection and assist with their mission. Dogs On Duty has vested police k9s with kevlar.
We were also able to provide a fully equipped police cruiser for a small northern Missouri municipality. Dogs On Duty has provided cooling vests, gps tracking collars, and mukluks for search and rescue k9 teams. In 2017, Dogs On Duty started a Therapy Dog Program to take dogs to schools and other facilities. In 2018, the Therapy Dog Program was recognized by the American Kennel Club as being an AKC registered group. In addition, Dogs On Duty educates the public on different types of working dogs. As the needs of the organization and individuals we serve change, the gear and services we provide will also continue to change.