MEET OUR HEROES

TO PROTECT AND SERVE

Military and police K-9s serve with the same honor and distinction as their human counterparts. They are full-fledged police officers and soldiers. In fact, military K-9s outrank their handlers. Used in law enforcement for more than 100 years and in the U.S. military since the Revolutionary War, today these unsung heroes serve at the local, county, state and federal level and in nearly every branch of the armed forces. And when our soldiers come home, post-traumatic stress service dogs are here to heal and serve them as they integrate back into a civilian lifestyle.

ENFORCING LAWS

From search and rescue and border protection to explosive and narcotics detection, police K-9s work tirelessly—and often in harm’s way—for an average of six to nine years. Their hard work often results in joint damage, cruciate ligament ruptures, drug ingestion, lacerations and other work-related illnesses.

SERVING OUR NATION

Military working dogs do dangerous work, protecting our military bases, conducting critical search and rescue missions and detecting IEDs. They even parachute out of planes to accompany Special Forces on secret missions. Retirement typically comes after seven or eight years of service, and these dogs often suffer from joint pain, combat stress or bone and muscle damage from gunshot wounds or explosives.

UNBREAKABLE BOND

K-9s and their handlers develop an unbreakable bond during their service together. In fact, when it’s time for the dogs to retire, 90 percent of military working dogs are adopted by their current or former handlers. As military handlers often say, “Where I go, my dog goes. Where my dog goes, I go.” But military K-9s aren't the only dogs helping soldiers. When former soldiers return home, they find healing from PTS service dogs. Zoetis is proud to be there with each of these valiant animals, helping to support their care.

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Our partners support both active service and retired police and military dogs, and rely entirely on donations. Help our partners continue their cause by making a tax-deductible donation.
The Sage Foundation For Dogs Who Serve National Police Dog Foundation The American Humane Wags4Patriots

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KEEP USING ZOETIS PRODUCTS

By using Zoetis products like RIMADYL® (carprofen) or APOQUEL® (oclacitinib tablet), you'll bring relief to more than just your pet. Your purchase also supports the K-9 Courage Program and the continuous care of these deserving dogs.