Since it began in 1986, the Ventura County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit has been funded solely by private donations and fundraisers. We raised the funds to purchase our very first K-9 through bake sales and craft sales, and later formed the Ventura Sheriff’s K-9 Foundation to support our ongoing fundraising efforts. It is thanks to the kindness and generosity of our community that the K-9 Unit is able to provide protection for the residents of Ventura County and continue our valued partnership with man’s best friend. We are incredibly grateful for your support!
All of the funds raised on behalf of the K-9 Unit go directly toward the development and support of our K-9 teams. Here is how your donations help:
Our K-9s attend training schools to ensure they are able to work safely and effectively in a variety of scenarios and circumstances. This allows them to develop skills that consistently prove invaluable to our officers’ efforts, but it does require a significant financial investment—approximately $4,000-$6,000 per training school for each K-9.
Just like human officers, our K-9s rely on protective gear to keep them safe. The money we raise allows us to purchase a variety of important equipment for our K-9s, including ballistic vests, paw protection, cooling equipment and lifting harnesses.
We are committed to providing high-quality care for our K-9s throughout their careers and retirement. This means ensuring that they have the food, equipment, veterinary care and ongoing training they need to lead happy, healthy lives. For each K-9, this requires an investment of approximately $4,000 per year.
It is thanks to the kindness and generosity of our community that the K-9 Unit is able to provide protection for the residents of Ventura County and continue our valued partnership with man’s best friend. We are incredibly grateful for your support!.