Checks can be mailed to:
The Hometown Foundation, Inc.
275 Schoolhouse Rd.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Memo: K-9 Diesel

Raising Funds for K-9 Diesel

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is raising funds to cover the cost of cancer medications and injections for K-9 Diesel. K-9 Diesel has been with the Rio Rancho Police Department for 8 years and was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer on October 8th. Due to his recent diagnosis, he was forced to retire from the Police Department but now has to receive treatment 3 times a week. His handler, Officer Jonathan Hickerson was putting his collar on him when he noticed a few lumps. He took him to the vet and the biopsy determined that he has lymphoma. K-9 Diesel will need to receive cancer treatment 3 times per week and the average cost will be $1,000 per month. 

K-9 Diesel is half German Shepherd, half Belgian Malinois and is certified in patrol and narcotics. He has been partnered with Officer Hickerson for his entire life and career and the two have been inseparable. K-9 Diesel has numerous finds, tracks, and saves. His most notable find was when he successfully tracked $1.6 million worth of marijuana. K-9 Diesel was essential to the department and now it is our turn to help him.

Our mission is to help those who serve and who have served. K-9 Diesel dedicated his entire life to protect his community and the citizens of Rio Rancho. Now, in his time of need, we need to step up and assist him and his family. Police K-9s are important to solving issues and preventing crime within towns and cities to create a safer tomorrow.

K-9 Diesel was one of three K-9 Units at Rio Rancho Police Department and has been a prominent member in the community for numerous years. The K-9 Unit has been involved in community events, educating students within the school system about Police K-9s and their duties, and so much more. The K-9 Unit is utilized at least 2-3 times per week on call outs and they visit schools once a month to interact with the students and educators. 

Police K-9 Units are an integral part of law enforcement and help make the communities safer. K-9 officers can apprehend suspects, detect drugs and explosives, locate missing people, and even help find crime scene evidence.  Police K-9s have proven to fill an important role in our police force’s work to build community relations as well as to deter and combat illegal activity.

We Need Your Help!

Your donation of any level will help us provide treatment and medication for K-9 Diesel.

You or your business or organization can help through a fundraiser. Contact us and we’ll help you get started!

The generosity from sponsors and donors will help cover the cost of the treatment for K-9 Diesel. We won’t stop until he’s feeling his best!

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.

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