On a brisk April Alabama Friday outside Anniston, Alabama, more than a dozen law enforcement officers from across the southeast gathered to welcome the new four-legged members of their departments. In the dogs, the excitement was palpable, as narcotics dog Tara, a new member of the Steele Police Department, obsessed over her ball, and Edge, who is joining the Jackson County Sheriffs Office, ran the obstacle course to blow off some steam.
The event highlighted the recent donation of seven trained K9s by the 1st Foundation and its founder Landon E. Ash. As he presided over the event, iK9 operations director Danny Turner highlighted the scale of the donation, the single biggest by 1st Foundation in its history. “It’s a real testament to what 1st Foundation and iK9 can accomplish to get this many dogs out at once,” Turner said. One core mission of the 1st Foundation is to provide law enforcement agencies with resources and training they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. In this case, these K9s will increase the capability of these departments and the safety of the communities they serve.
The Randolph County Sheriff Office added German Shepard Jager to their force, under the command of veteran handler Nathaniel Morrow whose previous working dog passed away. Morrow and Jager have already hit the streets, where they’ve been hard at work getting methamphetamine and marijuana off the streets in their community.
While Jager and Morrow are on the streets, some handlers and K9s were meeting for the first time, including narcotics dog Edge and his handler Maverick Haddock of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Edge is on his second tour as a working dog, and Haddock said, “I’m just excited to start this new journey.” Many of the K9s and handlers will spend a few weeks getting acclimated to their new situation before a three-week course on dog handling and then entering full service.
One special black lab Myrna, trained for emotional support, has found a home at The WellHouse. The WellHouse mission is to provide a haven for female victims of human trafficking. Myrna provides the residents with a sense of comfort and security. She has been so successful in her mission that the WellHouse is considering adopting two additional dogs.
The founder of the 1st Foundation, Landon Ash, had this to say of the donations, “One of the goals of 1st Foundation is to support law enforcement in any way we can, the donation of these working dogs will contribute to the safety of the officers and communities they serve.”
In all, 1st Foundation highlighted the donation of seven total K9s at the event, including:
- Ragna — Gun Dog — Talladega Drug Task Force
- Dicky — Gun Dog — Sylacuga Police Department
- Drago — Narcotics Dog — Sylacuga Police Department
- Jager — Narcotics Dog — Randolph Sheriffs Office
- Edge — Narcotics Dog — Jackson County Florida Sheriffs Office
- Tara — Narcotics Dog — Steele Police Department
- Myrna — Therapy Dog — The Well House
If you want to support the 1st Foundation in our mission to serve law enforcement, veterans, K9s, and their families, you can learn more by visiting our website: https://1stfoundation.com/donate/.