About Dollars for Dogs
Dollars for Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a Tax ID #92-0117534. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. All patrol dogs are selected by trained APD dog handlers, and subjected to a series of rigorous tests to evaluate their potential to work as police service dogs. After selection by APD, the dogs are purchased by Dollars for Dogs, and donated to the Anchorage Police Department. Without the financial support received from Dollars for Dogs, Inc. the Municipality of Anchorage could not achieve and maintain the APD K-9 Unit as it is today.
The Board of Directors and members of Dollars for Dogs, Inc. are all volunteers. They meet monthly, usually at APD, to discuss the financial status of the Corporation, projected expenditures in the form of gifts to APD along with fundraising events and other related issues. They have done this for over 25 years without monetary compensation.
We reap the benefits from their dedicated stewardship, foresight, and unfailing support to the Anchorage Police Department K-9 Unit.
In 1975 the Anchorage Police Department had no canine unit. That was the year Officer John Flora was shot and killed while investigating a burglary. His widow established a memorial fund in his name, with the expressed purpose of raising money to start a canine unit for APD.
Ten years later, Officer H.B. Hanson, a K-9 handler, was fatally wounded while helping another K-9 team apprehend an armed suspect. A memorial fund in his name was also established to benefit APD’s K-9 Unit. Both memorial funds were combined, and Dollars for Dogs, Inc., a volunteer organization, was entrusted with the management of the funds.
The History of Dollars for Dogs
Since 1985 Dollars for Dogs, Inc. has worked tirelessly in support of the Anchorage Police Department and citizens of Anchorage. This kind of support, and having high-caliber officers, has helped to make the Anchorage Police Department K-9 Unit known throughout the United States and Canada.
Our goal has been to ensure that each officer has available the finest dog, equipment and training to protect and serve the public. With the donations received from private citizens, businesses, veterans organizations, and service organizations like the Pythian Sisters, Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, and others, our goals have largely been met. The Anchorage Police Department does not have to rely on the usual government bid process to buy their K-9s or equipment, consequently, they are able to afford the best available. Dollars for Dogs members are volunteer, and 90% of donated funds go to purchase animals and equipment for APD’s K-9 Unit.