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The Maryland Police K9 Foundation is a Chesapeake Charities component fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We exist to help active and retired K9 units across Maryland by providing lifesaving equipment, care, and training. We strive to memorialize those K9s who make the ultimate sacrifice. We also seek to train and educate our communities on the importance of the K9 unit.
The Eastern Shore Police K9 Training Group was formed in 2005 with Teams from Sheriffs Offices of Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Caroline County, Dorchester County and the Chestertown Police Dept. After hosting several regional seminars, in 2009 the group decided to host the 2011 North American Police Work Dog Association National Seminar. At the point the Eastern Shore Police K9 Fund was started. This fund was managed through Chesapeake Charities raising money to host this National event. After many generous donations and fund raising events the group hosted the event with great success. After the event concluded, the fund still had a surplus of money so we were able to pay for some additional equipment, seminars and certification expenses for several years. In 2021 the Maryland Police K9 Foundation was formed and the Eastern Shore Police K9 Fund was turned over to them and the name changed. At this point the Eastern Shore Police K9 Training Group still exists with its founding agencies along with a few additional from the Federalsburg and Easton Police Departments. Through observing other reputable state K9 foundations, our board members, comprised of active K9 handlers in the state of Maryland, set forth and officially launched the Maryland Police K9 Foundation in September of 2021. Having a foundation for K9s for the state of Maryland has long since been a dream and a goal of each of the members of this foundation. We have since taken on civilian volunteers who have the same desire and mission and we are actively looking for others to join this incredible team!