Support Your Local Law Enforcement
We all know that a dog can be man’s best friend, but have you ever thought about it in terms of what a dog can and does do to protect your life and liberty? Think of the K9 units that help police keep drugs off the street. Or perhaps the K9 units that work so incredibly diligently keeping our troops safe by sniffing out land mines, IED’s or enemy combatants? What about that cute little beagle that you saw recently when you returned home from a trip abroad? These hard working animals are not considered pets, though they often live as a member of the family with their handlers. They are considered a vital part of our national security, seeking and finding everything from the rogue apple or orange at customs, to securing a plane from a bomb that might cost the lives of hundreds. These animals play an increasing part in keeping us happy, healthy and fit, but more often than not they and their handlers go unnoticed or are perhaps even found an annoyance.
While it is highly unlikely that you will be able to do anything directly with these amazing animals, as they live and work under a strict regimen, you can help support them and their handlers in a number of ways.
- Make their lives easier: If you are at the airport, cruise terminal or border crossing, or any other travel waypoint for that matter, be sure to cooperate and say thanks for the role that they play in keeping you safe.
- Don’t be afraid: These animals will not harm you. They are there to do a job, and go about their business.
- Donate: You can donate to your local K9 unit, or even perhaps a donation to a charity that supports retired service animals such as those that work for customs and law enforcement.
- Appreciate: Show your appreciation. Though do be sure to ask if it is okay to reach down and pet the animal. More often than not, you will probably be allowed to, but be sure to ask the handler.
Most of these animals are on a very controlled diet, but you can ask your local law enforcement agency if you can donate treats such as rawhide chews. And you might also offer your home as a foster home for animals that are as yet too young to be trained, but who will be trained in their adolescence to serve the greater good of the community.