Retired K-9 Officers looking for loving homes
Typically, retired K-9 officers tend to go home with their partners after their service comes to an end.
On occasion that isn’t possible.
Two K-9 officers with the Massachusetts State Police are facing such situations and the department is looking to find them forever homes.
Klauss, a nearly 6-year-old Malinois mix, is dual-trained in patrol and human remains detection. His partner was promoted out of the K-9 Unit and already has a retired police dog at home. Police say his age doesn’t make him suitable to be reissued to another trooper.
Alex, an 8-year-old German Shepherd from Slovakia, is trained in patrol and narcotics detection. His partner will be issued a new department dog, and already has another police dog at home.
And so, these furry public servants need a home.
But, MSP is warning from the beginning that anyone interested will be rigorously vetted. That process will include interviews and background checks.
“The State Police have certain criteria we will seek in prospective owners,” the department said in a social media post. “We will only turn the dogs over to those whom we determine are the “right” person or family for each dog’s forever home.”
Anyone interested in being considered is asked to contact K-9 Unit Commander Lt. Patrick Silva at Patrick.Silva@pol.state.ma.us to be considered.
Hours after the search was posted and written about, MSP says they received over 500 responses from people seeking to give a home to these two K-9s.