The four-legged heroes of the Madison Police Department K9 Unit do so much for our community - locate missing persons, catch suspects, find drugs, search areas - you name it!
These dogs are truly special, and it can be quite costly to provide all they need to be prepared for duty. Capital K9 is a special non-profit organization that honors the Madison Police Department K9 Unit by raising funds for their veterinary care, training, equipment and more. Capital K9 also has a mission to spread awareness in the community about the benefits of working dogs in the police force and the sacrifices the K9 Unit makes on a daily basis, on duty and off duty.
Much like their two-legged handlers and police officers, the K9 Unit helps to keep us safe every day. Currently, there are seven dogs working with the Madison Police Department, and we have the pleasure of having two as our furry patients!
We are proud veterinary sponsors of K9 Falcon and K9 Martie! Drs. Tom Truesdell, Brittany White, Heide Meier, and Susan Jeffrey work hard to keep these strong, intelligent and honorable dogs happy and healthy with 100% of their veterinary needs covered by Truesdell Animal Care Hospital & Clinic. Just like your furry friends, Falcon and Martie visit us for routine wellness exams, vaccines, preventives and more! Martie has hemeralopia, a genetic condition that causes him to be unable to see in bright light. This has limited some of Martie's work in the K9 Unit, however, he is still a skilled tracker. K9 Falcon and K9 Martie both live with and are handled by a great Officer, Rose Mansavage.
Caring for K9 Falcon and K9 Martie is truly a treat! They are equally as loving and sweet as they are powerful and trained.
If you would like to be involved in some way, we encourage you to visit their website! There are so many wonderful opportunities to donate, volunteer, become a sponsor and participate in fundraisers.
We also sponsor Falcon, a black Labrador retriever in the Army National Guard.
Dr. Heide Meier met Falcon through a family friend who is a client of Truesdell Animal Care and Lieutenant Colonial in the Army National Guard, Max Brosig. Dr. Meier learned that Falcon was lacking medical support and suggested a sponsorship to Dr. Tom Truesdell. He could not say no to this sweet and sincere boy, so we began caring for him in June 2014.
Falcon's handler, 2nd Lieutenant Amber Garfoot, is a member of the Wisconsin National Guard Sexual Assault Response Program. Trained as a post-traumatic stress service dog, Falcon offers the love, support and trust a veteran needs during a difficult and scary time of their life. His nonjudgmental and comforting presence supports sexual assault survivors when they are speaking about their experiences.
What sets Falcon apart is his purpose to share healing among many individuals, rather than a long-term therapeutic companionship with one person. Instead, Falcon aids with education efforts and outreach programs for many veterans suffering from PTSD associated with sexual assault.
In return for the incredible service Falcon offers veterans and survivors each day, it is our honor to serve him at Truesdell Animal Care Hospital & Clinic.
Falcon was trained and raised by a non-profit organization called Custom Canines. Custom Canines Service Dog Academy raises and trains dogs to be 'heroes for heroes,' placing dogs with individuals in need at no cost. Along with PTSD cases, Custom Canines socializes their special dogs as autism service dogs, guide dogs, mobility assistance dogs and visual companion dogs.
If you are interested in donating, volunteering, training puppies, adopting or supporting the Custom Canine cause, please visit their website for more information!