Why the need for the
Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund?
Have you ever wondered what happens when a police dog retires?
Some police dogs retire when, like people, they simply come to the end of their working life.
Others retire ahead of schedule due to being injured in the course of their work or due to illness/disease or an inability to perform the tasks they were trained for.
In many instances a retired police dog will remain with its police handler and become a family pet, even though the handler may have acquired another working police dog(s).
In other circumstances the retired police dog may be placed in a caring home suitable to accommodate the size, breed and temperament of the dog.
Once retired Essex Police no longer make any financial contribution towards the dog.
Veterinary and drug bills can be very heavy and whilst these are paid for in respect of working police dogs, the financial support from the force ceases to exist once the dog retired.
Insurance - it is very difficult to obtain adequate insurance cover for Retired Police Dogs due to pre-existing conditions, injuries sustained and possible related conditions due to the dangerous nature of policing.
This Fund will help ensure these police dogs enjoy the retirement they deserve and not place the entire financial burden on their owner.
The purpose of Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund will be to assist in granting financial support for the costs of providing healthcare, and in some cases general care, of police dogs that have been retired.
Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund is not connected in any way to Essex Police or to the Office of Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner or to any other charity.
As an independent charity Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund has its own Constitution, Executive and Committee who will be accountable for its operation.  
Money for the Fund will be raised from donations, limited sales of goods (for example Calendars) and small fund raising events.
Publicity will be sought from the media and by approaches to relevant organisations and individuals for support.
Registered Charity No. 1158745 Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund