Hero K9 was founded to resolve challenges faced by public safety agencies — law enforcement, search and rescue, and fire departments — across our nation by providing K9s, training, and equipment so they are better able to make a positive difference in our communities. While K9s are generally considered a specialty unit, their service to our neighborhoods is irreplaceable. They locate lost children, detect the spot a fire started, and find criminals in unexpected hiding places. They sniff out illicit substances… and they protect their handlers.We believe in this purpose because we believe in K9s. They are the reason we exist. Our mission is how we support our communities and make a difference, whether it’s right next door to us or half the nation away, each and every day.
WHO WE ARE
Hero K9 is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our nation by raising funds to provide the Public Safety community with K9s, training, and necessary equipment.
VISION: To ensure that all public safety agencies have access to working dogs and the highest quality equipment and training so they may more effectively serve their community.
MISSION: To aid in protecting our nation by raising funds to provide the Public Safety community with K9s, training, and necessary equipment.
Equipment grants are available to public safety agencies for their K9 program(s) for the following:
+ K9 Medical Kits*
+ Ballistic and Multi-threat Vests
+ Door Pop & Heat Alarm Systems
+ In-squad Kennels
How does this equipment help a K9?
K9 Medical Kit: Provides sterile, veterinary grade, canine-specific supplies to assist an officer in providing aid to their K9 in the event of an on-the-job incident or injury. This kit includes a canine oxygen mask, along with other first aid items, a quick reference sheet for K9 vitals and dosing, and comes in a heavy-duty, canvas bag which is embroidered with emblems ensuring that it is easily identifiable for K9 use.
Ballistic or Multi-threat Vest: Protects against standard issue caliber rounds (ballistic only) for common guns, while the multi-threat vest offers additional protection for stabbing weapons, like prison shanks or other blunt force puncture objects. Both levels of coverage come in a carrier made of a rip-stop material that helps to deflect punctures as well. These options for equipment provide the same level of protection that the human counterparts of these K9s are required to wear for their job. We leave the protection level up to the agency.
Door Pop + Heat Alarm System: This combination unit helps in two ways.
1. The door pop allows the K9 handler officer to remotely unlatch the door so their K9 may exit the squad car and come to their aid, should a call for service take a turn to the more dangerous.
2. The heat alarm system monitors the interior air temperature of the squad car and sets off the sirens, lights, alarms, and rolls down the windows of the car to help ensure that a K9 doesn’t suffer from heat trauma if the temperature rises into a dangerous threshold.
In-squad Kennel: Made to fit either the full rear seat of a squad or just 2/3rds of the rear so there is room for suspect/offender transport, an in-squad kennel provides a gated space for any working K9. Durable like a roll cage, it is a washable, after-market, K9 specific piece of equipment that gives the K9 their home away from home in their work vehicle. We leave the unit selection up to the agency.
Every donation makes an impact on the safety of communities across our nation. Tax-deductible donations may be made to our general fund or through our equipment sponsor program. To learn more, donate, or request an application, visit www.herok9.org, find us on social media @4herok9, or call 681-4HeroK9 (443-7659).
*For a list of Medical Kit contents, click here. Tax ID: 81-3051300.