Photo Credit: Credit | Campbell River RCMP

Photo Credit: Credit | Campbell River RCMP

Communities Rally to Raise Money for Police Dog Heaven

Old dogs deserve a royal retirement.

What started out as a friendly RCMP rivalry became a multi-city competition.

It’s been the showdown of the century. Police detachments going toe to toe, not to catch bad guys, but to help old dogs.

Campbell River and Comox Valley RCMP detachments faced off this summer to see who could raise the most money to give old police and military dogs the retirement they truly deserve.

Their friendly rivalry turned into a battle royal to fundraise for Ned’s Wish, an organization dedicated to helping old police and military dogs once their service is done.

What started out as a cordial police competition ended with both communities getting involved.

It was a wild ride, and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. From raffling jars of dog bones to wading through smelly recycling, people had their own unique ways to contribute.

“We couldn’t be more astounded and humbled by the support from our communities for this very worthy cause,” said Campbell River Const. Maury Tyre.

The range of support was truly amazing.

Kids dealing freezies and pokemon buttons. Dog lovers made and sold everything from bracelets to dog collars, to Tupperware. Businesses kicked in with meat giveaways, sale round-ups, and basket raffles. There was even locally caught salmon by donation!

Both communities really showed they care.

As for the police units?

Courtenay-Comox detachment ended their efforts with a delicious BBQ fundraiser that brought together police, fire fighters, paramedics, and more!

“Dogs Case and Hammer showed up to enjoy the company and the support from the community, and we even had help putting everything away at the end of it all.” said detachment spokesperson Cst. Monika Terragni.

Campbell River also ended on a high (if slightly less delicious smelling) note as they sorted through thousands of cans and bottles as part of their months-long bottle drive!

After all the combined efforts, $7,665 was raised and donated to Ned’s Wish.

“It is a testament to the amazing work that our dogs and their handlers do in our area that the people in the communities they serve wish to support the dogs as well,” said Const. Maury Tyre.

Both detachments gave a big thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting their community’s bravest and furriest members!

Ned’s Wish will make sure all these dogs truly go to heaven.

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