K9s of Valor was launched to keep K-9 officers safe by providing life saving equipment to law enforcement agencies that have limited funds for their K-9 Units.
Founder Nate King with K9 Belle Fulshear, Tx Police
It was breaking news on January 10, 2016 that launched a journey of protecting our law enforcement K9s. K9 Jethro and Officer Davis with Canton, Ohio Police were on patrol, doing what they do every day, putting their lives on the line and protecting our community. After responding to a burglary call at a local grocery store, K9 Jethro was shot by the suspect and later died from the injuries.
Our founder, Nate King, was deeply touched to do something to keep our police dogs safe. With a love of dogs and a passion for serving in law enforcement as a former corrections officer and currently a police dispatcher. Nate began doing research on K9s and lifesaving equipment such as trauma kits, bullet proof vests and vehicle heat sensors. After speaking with several K9 Officers he found that the majority of law enforcement agencies do not have a budget for their K9 Unit. Instead, agencies rely heavily on community support or the handler pays for the items out of their own pocket.
(Left to Right)Nate King, Volunteer Toni Worthen, Kent State K9 Officer Spahr, K9 Coco and Volunteer Courtney Wilson
THE REASON BEHIND K9S OF VALOR
Top picture- K9 Jethro Canton, Ohio Police Department - Tragically killed in the line of duty on January 10, 2016 led the launch of K9s of Valor
Bottom picture- Zeus - Nate's passion to become a K9 handler came from his passion for animals and bond like no other with his best friend, Zeus. Sadly, Zeus passed away on April 12, 2017. Both K9 Jethro and Zeus' legacy continues and is the reason we are so passionate about helping keep K9s safe.