Reading Police Retired K-9 Fund Created

May 1, 2022, Reading, PA: The Friends of the Reading Police K-9 Unit today announced the creation of the Reading Police Retired K-9 Fund, which is dedicated to the dogs who have protected our community and our officers.

This milestone is a major move for The Friends of the Reading Police K-9 Unit on its mission with the sole purpose of helping to fund and support the Reading Police K-9 Unit. However, the fund narrative does not make provisions for emergency veterinary care for our heroic retired
K-9s. The retired K-9s, who have given their lives to protect and serve our community, absolutely need to be taken care of in their time of need.

“These pups work so hard for most of their lives it’s important to take care of them so they can enjoy retirement.  Thanks to the Friends group and the community that is now something that will happen.  We are truly grateful for this opportunity!” – FTO Joshua Faust/Retired K-9 Trooper

This fund will help to offset the emergency medical expenses of K-9s after they have been retired from the City of Reading Police Department. This fund will not cover regular wellness care but is intended to assist with expenses that extend from issues that have been caused by injuries/wear and tear caused by their service, as well as issues that arise which are catastrophic and life-threatening. These expenses can be too much for their handlers to bear and could result in the euthanasia of the K-9. In this fashion, we intend to take care of the Handler/K-9 teams who have given their all to our community.

“As a Handler we will always do our best to give our furry heroes a good retirement but sometimes the finical burden of medical care, due to their service, is too much for us to handle. Knowing that this fund is available to our retired partners is a relief.” – Ofc. Hector Santiago/K-9 Hemi


💙 Donations can be sent to Reading Police Retired K9 Fund, 5 Lady Diana Dr., Reading, PA 19605. Or click on button below.

All donations are tax deductible. This fund is separate from the Friends of the Reading Police K-9 Unit and not managed by the Berks County Community Foundation.

We currently support these retired Reading Police K-9s.