About Friends of Douglas County K-9

“Our vision is to enhance the ongoing directives of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit through community fundraising, education and public awareness.”

Formally established in 2011, Friends of Douglas County K-9 (K-9 Friends) is the only non-profit organization solely committed to the financial support of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. With the exception of deputy salaries and vehicles, the DCSO K-9 Unit is funded almost entirely by donations.

Since 2011, K-9 Friends has had the privilege of helping the DCSO K-9 Unit purchase five new dogs, custom fit Kevlar vests for each dog, world-class training and an array of specialized equipment. We also work hard to ensure our retired K-9s receive the best healthcare possible. See the complete list of what K-9 Friends has accomplished since its inception.

But we couldn’t have done any of this without the generosity and kindness of folks just like you. Your contribution to K-9 Friends – no matter how small – makes a big difference for our heroes, their safety and the security of our community. Please join us!

Friends of Douglas County K-9 Board Members

  • David Swieckowski, D.V.M. - Chairman
  • Kim Vanderholm, D.V.M. - Secretary
  • Angela Sanders - Treasurer
  • Adam Rosenberg, D.V.M. - Vice Chairman
  • Brian van Vechten, D.V.M.
  • Jill Cooke
  • Deb Strachan
  • Honorary Board Members
  • Randy Gradishar
  • Shawn McGoff

Volunteer

Equally important to the success of K-9 Friends are the many individual volunteers. Find our more about our current volunteer opportunities.

Sponsor

K-9 Friends Sponsors have been beyond generous and are foundational to our success. We have ongoing sponsorship opportunities available throughout the year.

The kindness of friends.

Your contribution to K-9 Friends – no matter how small – makes a big difference for our heroes, their safety and the security of our community.