Racer’s Story – Retired Law Enforcement Canines
Every Day hundreds of Law Enforcement Dogs across Canada and Military Service Dogs around the world, are working to protect us, our law Enforcement officers and Military Servicemen.
When they are no longer able to perform those duties they are “retired”. Most assume they then remain with the law officers previously partnered with them in work. While many will try, this is not always possible due to their continuation as a Canine handler and receiving a new working dog. Even when a loving family adoption can be arranged, our law Canine’s retirement is often cut short. After all their years of service they are de-commissioned with no provisions for their senior years. When they assume their new role as a family pet, they are already entering the phase of their life when medical bills and veterinary treatment can be more likely. Most are predisposed to suffer more severely from many senior related conditions and are more prone to injury due to their years of working.
Unfortunately, you cannot get health insurance for a senior ex-service dog.
Racer is one of the lucky ones. After an extremely long and distinguished career with Law Enforcement he was forced into retirement following knee surgery. Racer now enjoys living in the house with his best friend Dave! He loved working with Officer Dave, but he really enjoys sneaking onto the couch, relaxing on the back deck in the sun and being a family dog.
Racer and Officer Dave know too well that not all of their colleagues will be so lucky. We have created Racer’s Association to make sure they are all lucky, and all get to enjoy a happy healthy retirement just like Racer.
All proceeds raised are used to fund veterinary treatment beyond those average costs associated with having a pet. In future we hope to have the ability to fund rehabilitative treatment for retiring service dogs who might not otherwise be able to retire to a family home. Our scope is nationwide and our board is made up of dog lovers who also happen to be law enforcement officers, veterinarians, community members and pet care service providers.
We thank you for your financial contribution to this worthy cause and if you are interested in helping further and becoming involved, please feel free to contact;
Jenn Dahinten has been involved in health and pet care for over 20 years and is currently a part of the caring team at The Royal Pets Hotel & Spa, a 5 star Pet Hotel just north of Toronto in Barrie, Ontario.