During their career of public service, which lasts an average of 6-8 years, these courageous animals often suffer knee, leg, and back injuries while in the performance of their duties. Although treated at the time, these injuries result in a shorter life span and require further medical attention long after they retire. Also, When a canine has become unsuitable for police patrol service work because of age or physical disability, the canine is retired from active duty. Once a canine is retired, the handler is offered the option of keeping the animal and in doing so assumes the expenses associated with owning a retired service animal. Due to the police department no longer provides veterinary coverage for our companions. As these veterinary costs are expensive and now become the responsibility of the handler, we formed a non-profit foundation to assist with these necessary medical expenses.