Special to the Union
ARCATA – Has it really been seven and a half years since Zari set all four feet in Arcata as Sgt. Ron Sligh’s 24/7 patrol protection canine? Yes it has! Zari, is turning nine on March 23, and is in great health and still anxious to get in the patrol car each morning.
Earlier in the year however, Bronko, our other APD K-9, had to retire because of health issues. So “therefore, be it resolved” (as they say at the City Council), there shall be a new K-9 to replace Bronko and to give the Arcata Police Department a new K-9 to patrol the streets of Arcata, to help with “K-9 events” at the local schools and to be one of the lucky APD officers’ new 24/7 K-9.
The Arcata City Council voted unanimously last week to fund the purchase of the canine ($8,500) and to pay for the initial handler/K-9 30-day training at the Witmer-Tyson Imports facilities in the Bay Area. However, this was funded with the agreement that fundraising would take place to provide many of the necessities for the new canine. This includes an outdoor kennel, doghouse, bulletproof vest ($2,400), crate, collar, leashes, set-up for the car cage, etc. A total goal has not been set; however the big push to get the absolute necessities mentioned above will require about $6,000. And so, the fundraising begins.
Councilmember and highly acclaimed dog advocate Michael Winkler is kicking off this fundraiser by donating the first $1,000. Thank you, Michael!
Also on board is 13-year-old Jessiah Class, who is no newcomer to this K-9 fundraising process. Jessiah has been seen at festivals in his self-purchased uniform, selling cupcakes and accepting donations for our K-9 team for over two years. He is ready to go again with wonderful “Dimes for Dogs” fundraising jars that he designed to put in local stores.
You can participate by sending a check to APD/ K-9 Project, 736 F. St., Arcata, CA, 95521; bringing your donation to the APD office at the same address; donating at gofund.me/4ampwqk4; or dropping your gift into one of Jessiah’s jars. Giving to this project is tax deductible and you will receive a thank-you note with the tax ID number. We are taking checks, cash, credit card (online donations), but we cannot accept used dog items like a crate, kennel, collar, leash, etc.
We are very grateful to our supportive community and look forward to getting this new dog on the street for all to meet as soon as possible.