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Retirement Program

While most of the costs associated with the dogs are covered while they are working, there is ZERO funding available after the dogs retire. This presents a unique situation in which the handler becomes responsible for 100% of the costs of an aging K9. It is one of our top priorities to see that these dogs are cared for appropriately and in a way that doesn't cause hardship for their handlers. Annual costs for a retired K9 dog often exceed $2,000, excluding any vet bills beyond routine check-ups or the cost to board the dog should the handler have to go out of town.  It is an honor to care for the animals that have served us.
A special thank you to our generous partners at Lake Norman Animal Hospital!
Program Benefits Summary:
Minimum of $2,400 of K9 expenses annually including:
  • 100% of feed costs covered (up to $1,200)
  • $500 of vet care, including annual visits, medication, and lab work
    • Additional bills covered on an as-need basis, such as emergency surgery
  • Miscellaneous - leashes, collars, beds, bowls, grooming, and other one-off expenses (up to $175) 

Equipment Program

K9s are almost always working for and with public agencies. In an environment where tax dollars are scarce, it can be difficult for K9 units to purchase all of the equipment they need beyond the basics. That's where Sheldon's K9s is proud to help. We offer the option for agencies to submit a purchase request to buy equipment beyond what their agency provides. 

Since inception in June 2019, Sheldon's K9s has purchased over $21,000 of equipment for the Mooresville Police Department K9 unit. We will continue to work with MPD and surrounding agencies to provide additional equipment as needed.

Are you an agency or individual looking to make an equipment request?

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