Did you know that Law Enforcement Police Canines serve their entire career keeping America safe?

The primary purpose of employing police canines lies in their exceptional olfactory capabilities, as highlighted by the American Kennel Club (AKC), which asserts that "their noses are at least 100,000 times more sensitive than ours." This heightened sense of smell is used for various purposes, including detecting illegal drugs, explosive devices, contraband cell phones, firearms, illegal wildlife, deceased persons, human scents left by criminals, and locating lost persons. The multifaceted value of police canines often results in specialization, with a typical patrol canine excelling in tracking, detecting specific odors, obedience, and apprehending suspects. Moreover, these canines can provide advanced notice to handlers regarding concealed or imminent threats. You can see why Police Canines are our best mobile detection tool.

Effectively utilizing these skills necessitates extensive training by canine handlers and trainers. Proficiency in the foundational disciplines is followed by demonstrations of their ability in diverse contexts and environments, complemented by scenario-based training. Notably, the training process is continuous, as canine teams are consistently challenged to ensure they remain prepared for efficient deployment.


The United States Police Canine Association Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, supports police canine handlers, trainers, and supervisors. By providing tools, training, and education, the Foundation addresses the evolving needs of Law Enforcement. Resource acquisition is facilitated through collaboration with sponsors, private partners, USPCA members, and other supporters, resulting in progressive solutions that enhance public safety, security, and the overall quality of life in the global community.

Guided by a sense of vision, mission, values, and goals, the Foundation seeks to invest in innovative and responsive programs. Its commitment to the art and science of policing, utilizing trained K-9 units, ensures timely, efficient, and beneficial responses.

Despite significant progress, the Foundation acknowledges the ongoing challenges. With police department resources diminishing, support is more critical than ever. In 2023, informational sessions were conducted in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and Scottsdale, offering insights into better policies, best practices, training information, education, and canine competencies. Additionally, presentations at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in San Diego focused on educating supervisors and administrators about changes in canine deployments and current trends.

Retired police canines often retire alongside their respective agencies or departments, leaving handlers responsible for their medical needs. The financial burden of ensuring proper care for these retired heroes, who have served diligently, is substantial. To address this concern, the USPCA has established a fund dedicated to assisting members with the financial challenges associated with the medical needs of retired police dogs. Recognizing the sacrifices made by these canine partners, the Foundation aims to support handlers in maintaining the health and happiness of their retired companions during their well-deserved retirement. In 2023, the Foundation provided financial assistance to canine handlers for their retired partners' expenses.


Every day, officers and their dedicated K9 companions work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. Now, more than ever, they need our support. Please consider making a charitable donation to help us achieve our mission of providing professional assistance to Officers, their agencies, and the communities served by police service dog programs.

General Donation 

Your donation isn't just a gift; it's the fuel that propels the USPCA's vital work forward. With your support, we empower local regions nationwide to assist law enforcement officers and their four-legged companions. Together, we enhance their ability to provide superior service to our communities, making a tangible difference in the safety and well-being of the places we call home.

But it's more than that; your generosity is a profound message of care to Law Enforcement. It echoes a collective commitment to supporting those who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe. Every dollar you contribute is a testament to our shared responsibility in fostering a safer, more secure society.

Be a part of the positive change. Your donation is not just financial support; it's a tangible expression of gratitude and solidarity with those on the front lines. Join us in making a lasting impact.

Honorary Donation 

Elevate your gesture beyond the ordinary—create a living legacy in honor of someone special. Make a gift that breathes life into memories, honoring a friend, a loved one, or a cherished pet. Your contribution becomes a living tribute, echoing their enduring impact on your life and the lives of others.

Join us in celebrating their legacy with a gift that transcends the ordinary, weaving a narrative of love, remembrance, and shared experiences. Your living gift honors those we hold dear and becomes a source of inspiration for the future. It's a profound and meaningful way to express your sentiments while contributing to a cause that matters.

Embrace the power of a living gift—where memories thrive, and legacies endure.

Memorial Donation 

Create a personal remembrance, a touching tribute to honor the life of a friend, a cherished family member, or a special pet. Share a profound and loving gift with their family, a token that encapsulates the warmth and memories you've shared.

In this moment of reflection, let your tribute be a source of comfort and a reminder of their presence's enduring impact on the lives of those around them. Your thoughtful gift becomes a heartfelt expression of sympathy, providing solace to those who hold precious memories close to their hearts.

Together, let's celebrate the beauty of a life well-lived. Your remembrance is not just a gift; it's a gesture that transcends words, offering solace and support during times of remembrance and reflection.


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The United States Police Canine Foundation is a Tax-Deductible 501-C3 Foundation.

Donate by Mail

Mail your gift to | USPCA Foundation, Mike Running - Treasurer, 125 3rd Ave N, South St. Paul, Mn 55075

Questions, please email Mike Running    [email protected]