Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund
‘He’s given a lot, all his working life, to the members of the West Midlands community.’
A small group of individuals independent of the police started to look at establishing a mechanism to support the brave police dogs in their retirement, and the Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund was formally established in 2014 following a launch event at the Tally Ho Police Training Centre in Birmingham.
Who are Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund?
The fund was started in order to ease the financial pressure on handlers and carers of police dogs when they retire. Because of their age and the type of work they undertake, it is very difficult to obtain any kind of medical insurance for retired police dogs so the financial strain of caring for one of these dogs is a huge consideration. The aim is to “financially assist handlers and adoptees of retired West Midlands police dogs with veterinary costs.”
The fund will currently pay up to £500 towards a one off operation and £125 towards ongoing medication for each dog each year. Additional payments can be made on an ex gratia basis subject to funds. There are between 30-40 retired dogs at any one time within the West Midlands.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The money will be spent on refreshing the current website so that it can be maintained by the organisation, and have the facility to sell merchandise and take payments. The existing website is now 4 years old. They ultimately want to increase the awareness of their cause and the ability to fundraise, meaning they can continue to support as many retired Police Dogs as possible.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Retired West Midlands Police Dog Benevolent Fund?
Terry Grove, Treasurer
Tel: 07775 823 931