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Humble Beginnings

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October, 2017

The Retired K9 Fund was started about two and a half years ago to financially support the LCSO retired K9s.  We had two young K9s retire due to work related injuries which can be a financial burden on the K9 handler and family. At the beginning of 2017, someone suggested we investigate starting a non-profit 501c3  foundation to Barbara Bennett, President of the Foundation. Thus our foundation was born.   K9 deputies give their life to their duties for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. While these magnificient animals are appreciated and cared for while they are on active duty, after they retire (due to age or injury on the job) the care is left to their adoptive handler.  Our foundation helps mitigate the financial burden to help these amazing K9s enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.

The K9 deputies are typically on active duty for 8-9 years. Typical retirement  age is around 10, and hopefully giving them several years of retirement.  K9 deputies are also retired if they are injured on the job and cannot be rehabilitated to return to active duty. After these deputies are retired, the handler typically adopts them and assumes all responsibility for the K9s care.

Barbara Bennett, President of Larimer Retired K9 Foundation, Inc.

There are no retirement benefits for these amazing animals. Rather, the adopting handler is charged with covering the cost of care until the end of their lives. “After being given the suggestion and seeing the need, I found a team of amazing people in the community and together we made the Foundation happen,” said Bennett, “it truly does take a village!”

The Foundation applied for 501c3 status in October of 2017 and that was the jumpstart the Foundation Board needed to start a website, get an email and figure out how to take donations.

“After being given the suggestion and seeing the need, I found a team of amazing people in the community and together we made the Foundation happen.”

The Foundation meets monthly to discuss the matters of the Foundation. If you are interested in providing feedback, or wish to learn more about how to donate, please email us at hello@larimerretiredk9foundation.com.

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