Detection. Apprehension. Protection.

The K-9s who assist the California Wildlife Officers are invaluable assets in protecting our natural resources. The California Wildlife Officers Foundation (CalWOF) is proud to support these courageous 4-legged officers.


As a partner in everyday patrol duties, the K-9s serve in the following ways

  • Protect their handler, other law enforcement officers, and the public.
  • Track suspects and missing persons, perform area and building searches to locate suspects.
  • Detect illegally taken wildlife, invasive species, hidden firearms, expended casings, and other evidence or articles.
  • Assist in the arrest of suspects.
  • Assist in locating lost or missing persons/officers.
  • Perform valuable educational demonstrations and programs.

CalWOF have provided support in the form of payment of medical bills, purchasing equipment for both "in the field" and training and are now embarking on a campaign to add 10 more trained K-9s to the field. With your support, we can make this goal a reality and equip our Wildlife Officers with a new "partner" in protecting our resources. In 2018, CalWOF has committed to the purchase of 4 more K-9s for the department.


"CalWOF has helped out with surgeries for our dogs. For example, K-9 Ellen, who has since passed on, had to have two surgeries. We were given a pretty good price what it was going to cost for surgery and there was no way the Department would be able to pay for that. We thought we would have to retire her and I would have to take out a loan to help my partner. We ended up telling someone from CalWOF about what was going on. I'll never forget the phone call that said we want to help with the financial cost. K-9 Ellen was able to return to work and we never would have been able to do that without CalWOF."

-Lt. Shimek, Head Trainer

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