Urgent, Please help us continue providing life-saving care to retired police K9s in need!
While much of the world has stopped, our mission of providing veterinary and medical care to our nation's retired police and military working dogs will not be placed on pause. That’s why we’re asking you to help us cover the cost of continuing our work by donating to our Veterinary Care Program. If we band together, we can continue providing their needed medical care at *no cost to the Officer/Soldier (*based on contributions).
We currently have three (3) very sick K9 heroes in need of immediate medical care and surgeries:
K9 Rayco broke his canine tooth, exposing the nerve and his estimate for surgery and treatment is $3,722.30. (read more about Rayco below)
K9 Gary recently had a routine dental cleaning where a small oral mass was found. Pathology and testing determined that it was cancer. Gary’s treatment estimate is still pending but expected to be well over $6,368.00. (read more about Gary below)
K9 Ringo was brought into the hospital heavily bleeding from his rectum. A mass was diagnosed, and he will need to undergo surgical removal of the mass and testing to determine what it is. The estimate for Ringo’s surgery and initial diagnostics is $3,000.00-$4,000.00. Depending on the results, further treatment may be necessary. (read more about Ringo below)
Their combined care is estimated at over $13,090.30-$14,090.30
Normally we would rely on our fundraising events to fund the majority of our program however with the loss of all of our spring and summer fundraising events for 2020 we are relying on you, our donors, more than ever to help us make their care possible.
K9 Rayco: Rayco is a Belgian Malinois who served in the US military in Afghanistan before transferring to the US Capitol Police Force in Washington DC as an explosives detection K9. Rayco’s dad formally adopted him when he was retired at the age of 9 so that he could live out his days with his family that loved him for so many years. Rayco was trained in bite work for the apprehension of bad guys. This places a great strain on his canine teeth (the fangs you see on a dog). When he retired he had already had some dental work and had a root canal on one of his canines due to stress-induced damage. Recently he broke his other canine tooth. It broke off right at the gum line leaving the pulp and nerve exposed. If you’ve ever experienced an exposed tooth root you know just how indescribable this pain is. It is chronic pain but it also opens a path for an abscess to form, which can cause significant bone damage to the jaw. Due to the lack of crown, extraction of the tooth was chosen to ensure that the tooth would not cause him any more pain or the need for further treatments. Rayco underwent dental surgery today, 4/10, and during the procedure it was noted that the previously treated canine tooth had been further damaged. Repair of the 2nd canine tooth was completed at the same time. Rayco should make a full recovery and be back to his happy and fantastic self in no time. You may recognize Rayco from his appearance with Dad and Paws of Honor on Fox5 Morning News https://www.fox5dc.com/news/sunday-goes-to-the-dogs-at-fox-5
K9 Gary: Gary worked for the federal government sniffing out explosives. He recently had a routine dental cleaning courtesy of Paws of Honor. A very small (less than 1/4 inch in size) oral mass was found in front of his upper third premolar. This was removed and submitted for pathology. Unfortunately, and quite unexpectedly, the results came back as cancer, a very aggressive malignant melanoma. The cost of Gary’s dental and testing was $3,368.07 and the recommended surgery that is needed is approximately another $3,000.00 for a total cost of $6368.07. You see, the report indicated that the mass was not completely removed. These types of tumors tend to extend far beyond the visible mass. So Gary is now scheduled for a surgery called a partial maxillectomy. The surgeon will have to remove the tooth, the one immediately adjacent to it and the soft tissue around them. This is major surgery, and he is going to need the surgeon’s expertise, some good pain management, and attentive nursing care but we are hopeful that Gary can overcome this and enjoy the remainder of his retirement.
K9 Ringo spent his career in Explosive Detection as well, starting in 2010 and retiring in 2017. Ringo did an honorable job protecting Americans in war zones accumulating 10 deployments by the time he retired. His nose helped find explosives in high stress and dangerous situations with the aid of his handler to ensure the safety of those who have families waiting for them back home.
K9 Ringo has earned his retirement and loves being with his family, playing with his miniature soccer ball and his stuffed lamb “Lamb Chop!”
Paws of Honor has been providing Ringo’s medical care for 3 years and he has never needed any medical care other than his regular checkups until now.
He was recently brought in because he was bleeding heavily from his rectum. A mass was found, and he needs surgery to have the mass removed and testing to determine what it is. Depending on the results, further treatment may be needed. The estimate for Ringo’s initial surgery and testing is $3,000.00-$4,000.00
Paws of Honor is a nonprofit organization that has taken over the financial pressure of the situation for the handler and their family. Many handlers are currently essential personnel working their new K9 partners in stressful environments. To help them in any way is OUR duty in order to thank them for protecting us.
We kindly ask that you join us in supporting our dedicated police and military K9 officers and their amazing K9 partners. Your gift will help provide immediate financial support so they can receive potential life-saving treatments, medicines, and other supplies. Help us keep our K9 heroes safe and healthy by supporting their medical they earned. They have worked their whole lives serving our communities and keeping us safe and now it’s our turn to take care of them.
While all of us are facing great challenges at this time, we hope that you can find some peace knowing that retired K9s will continue to receive life-saving veterinary and medical care because of your generosity.
On behalf of all of us at Paws of Honor, thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness and want you to know that together, we can overcome all things