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Police Canine Memorials

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memorial_smallThe period following the loss of a K9 partner is a very difficult time for a police officer. 

The bond between police officers and their canine partners is unlike any other.  They spend years working and living together 24 hours a day.  At the end of their shifts they take their partners home with them making them part of their family.  While at work these canine partners willingly risk their lives for their handlers. When dealing with the loss of a K9 partner whether from trauma or old age the officer’s loss is equal to losing a family member.   By providing a memorial to a canine’s service, we can help the officer through the grieving process.

For decades Dr. Marino has personally provided this service for several Police departments, however, with the increased number of canine teams being deployed, this program requires more formal planning and funding. 

With the help of the law enforcement community, an advisory board is being established to provide dignified cremations and police memorial urns to honor these loyal servants at the time of their passing. 

Your support allows us to continue to provide this service for these couragous Police Dogs.

Title: Police K9 Unit Memorials

Problem:
After losing a K9 partner, a difficult adjustment period is experienced by the police officer. 


Objective:
Creating a memorial urn for the police canine partner helps the officer substantiate the importance of his partner and subsequent loss.

Background:
The bond between police officers and their canine partners is unlike any other. They spend years working and living together twenty four hours a day. At the end of their shifts they take their partners home with them making them part of their family.  While at work these canine partners willingly risk their lives for their handlers. When dealing with the loss of a K9 partner whether from trauma or old age, the officer’s loss is equal to losing a family member. By providing a memorial to a canine’s service, we can help the officer through the grieving process.

Materials and Methods:
Private cremation of the police canine.  A wooden urn would be purchased and a memorial created including: the police canine shield, a brass plaque inscribed with the name and dates of birth and death and the line “trusted partner, loyal friend”.  We anticipate the needs at 10 dogs per year.

Budget:
1. Salaries = $150 per dog donated by the staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) $1,500
2. Private cremation  = $300 per dog $3,000
3. Materials and Supplies  = $400 per dog $4,000
Total  = $ 8,500