The SaskSPCA’s Stryker K-9 Care Fund was established in 2015. The program is one of the very first in Canada, providing owners with assistance for the cost of routine and emergency veterinary care for retired law enforcement dogs. The program applies to dogs that have retired from active service with a law enforcement agency serving Saskatchewan, including the RCMP, a municipal police force, or Canada Border Services Agency.
Law enforcement dogs play a valuable role in protecting both law enforcement officers and the community. The dogs are trained to handle a variety of important tasks, including tracking, person search, evidence search, and criminal apprehension.
Typically, each dog is paired exclusively with one handler, a regular member of the agency who has volunteered to be a part of the canine unit. While on the job, the dog and handler work together as a close-knit team; when off-duty, the dog lives with the handler.
After retirement, most dogs stay with their handler. If the handler is unable to keep the retired dog, a suitable new home is found.
Once the dog has retired, the handler/owner is responsible for all costs associated with the dog, including veterinary care.
Applications for the Stryker Fund are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Annual grants for up to $1,500 per dog are available.
Funding from the Stryker Fund may be used to help with costs such as:
A complete yearly physical, including age appropriate blood work
Medication and monitoring
Dietary supplements (when recommended by a veterinarian)
Medically necessary surgeries
The program does not cover the cost of food or cosmetic surgeries such as tail docking, ear cropping, or devocalization.
For more information on the Saskatchewan SPCA’s Stryker K-9 Care Fund, email or call 306-382-7722.