Calling all Police K-9 Units!

This Holiday Season we want to help deserving law enforcement agencies and their K-9 Units who have embodied the principles of honor, respect, pride and demonstrated compassion for their community. Police K-9 Units are not fully funded by their local and state municipalities and rely heavily on private donations. That is why we are awarding three top awards of $3,000 each and one people’s choice award of $1,000 to deserving Police K-9 Units who have exemplified true commitment to their town by protecting and serving.

We are asking any law enforcement agency who has a K-9 Unit to submit their story of how their K-9 Unit has performed a duty that has benefited the safety and security of their community. Whether the K-9 Unit has saved a life, is a community ambassador, found a missing person, or has removed narcotics from the community, we want to hear about it!

Public Voting Opens February 1st!

Get To Know Us:

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation based out of Cheshire, CT committed to supporting the community in conjunction with Bozzuto’s, Inc. and its IGA retailers. The Hometown Foundation was established in 2002 and has been supporting surrounding communities for the past 19 years.

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. raises money to support a broad range of programs that meet community needs. The Foundation’s commitment centers around five areas of charitable focus: animal welfare, emergency response personnel, individuals with intellectual disabilities or in need, major illness, and the military.

One of the Hometown Foundation’s major programs is the Police K-9 Awareness Initiative. Throughout the year, we raise funds to donate Police K-9s and training equipment to local and state departments across the country. In many states K-9s are not fully funded by their state or local municipalities which means they rely heavily on private donations. That is where we try to compensate for the lack of funding. Law enforcement is a vital part to our safety and community and we want to support them so we can alleviate any stress that we can.

As a Foundation, we provide the equipment needed for training as well as a training facility for the K-9 Units to utilize at the Farmington Polo Grounds. Some of the equipment we provide is Garmin GPS collars, Garmin GPS watches, K-9 cooling vests, Police cruiser heat alarms, bite suits, leads, tugs, and more.

The Police K-9 Expo & Challenge is sponsored by funds raised during The Hometown Foundation, Inc.’s annual Police K-9 Awareness Campaign. K-9 units from around the country are welcome to participate in certification courses, seminar training and fundraising workshops. The program provides all participants with 16 hours of Continuing Police K-9 Education which is certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association. The coursework is taught by influential K-9 instructors and leaders in the field from across the United States. The training covers patrol work, tracking, explosives, building searches, narcotics and apprehension. Each session includes theory, practical exercise, and testing to prepare the K-9 units.

The Dream Ride Police K-9 Challenge is a family-friendly, premiere competition showcasing the extensive training of Police K-9 handlers and their working dogs. Police K-9s and their handlers will demonstrate their incredible talent, skill, and obedience through an obedience skills test, obstacle course, suspect apprehension, and many other events. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. awards cash donations and training equipment to the challenge winners of each of category. The event is free and open for public viewing during Dream Ride Experience weekend. We invite you to join us on Saturday August 21st at 10:00 am at The Farmington Polo Club to cheer on and witness the amazing display of the K-9s that keep your community safe.

To register for the 2021 Police K-9 Challenge or Expo, or if you have any questions, please contact Caylee Richardson at or 203.250.5660.

Dream Ride

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