On the third birthday of Rüdiger, a new foundation has been formed to support Nevada City’s lone K9 officer while looking to the future at the same time.
The Rüdiger Foundation, formerly the Western Nevada County K9 Association, aims to provide law enforcement with additional resources needed to enhance public safety with the help of man’s best friend.
The police department acquired Rüdiger through the generosity of private donors, making Nevada City’s canine one of the first if not the first 100 percent community-funded K9 officers in the nation.
The initial cost of $71,000 included a contribution of approximately $10,000 from the Sean M. Walsh Foundation to purchase Rüdiger and $61,000 in contributions from anonymous donors that purchased Rüdiger’s specially-equipped vehicle and covered equipment, training and other expenses for the first year.
The Sean M. Walsh Foundation meanwhile, has offered to provide fiscal sponsorship for the Western Nevada County K9 Association until it could obtain 501c3 not-for-profit status.
The Rüdiger Foundation intends to continue to provide funding needed to cover the estimated $25,000 annual expense of operating the Nevada City Police Department K9 Program. In addition, the foundation hopes to provide additional dogs, with the goal of assuring 24/7 K9 officer coverage in western Nevada County.
Rüdiger, Nevada City’s only K9 officer, recently turned three years old. The foundation that helps pay expenses for the canine officer is hoping to raise funds to bring additional dogs to western Nevada County.