An Upminster lady has founded a charity to help retired police dogs who have served in the Met and City police. Emma Dignam who is a Met Police Dog Handler, decided to set up the charity along side another colleague Phil Wells to help retired police dogs have better financial support.
The charity came about after Emma who has been a dog handler for 10 years, needed help for one of her retired dogs. She told the Havering Daily:
“There was need for a charity like this.My retired dog became ill and sadly when they retire that is the end of the support. They can’t be insured anymore and I understand why the job cannot look after them all but for me, I had my dog from seven weeks old and had spent more time with him than I had done with my family.”
Emma had to pay £11,500 for her dog which meant remortgaging her house and it was here that she found the Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund that were able to offer her support.
London Retired Police Dogs Trust (LRPD) was set up in 2019 to support the retired Police dogs of London with their welfare needs. Once retired, the responsibility of the dog falls to their handler who has an unbreakable bond with the animal. Some retired Police dogs are rehomed to an adopted family who again, take on the responsibility of the dog. People who take on retired Police dogs receive no financial support in a time in a dog’s life; where after a lengthy time on ‘the beat’ vets bills are inevitable and expensive. Due to the nature of the work our courageous dogs perform it is extremely difficult to insure them, which means care and treatment costs can soon mount up.
London Retired Police Dogs Trust sole aim is to ensure the dogs get the retirement they deserve, with the highest levels of medical care and treatment, meaning their owners are not left with an agonising decision to make about the animals future due to financial concerns. It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their unconditional service to our communities.
This is a fantastic charity that is looking after dogs that have served our country for years. If you would like to donate to the charity please see the link below.
They also have a lovely shop where you can buy doggie calendars and other beautiful gifts.