Universal K9 Offers to Organize Veteran Volunteer K9 Program to Protect Students, In Wake of Tragic School Shooting

After the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Universal K9 offers assistance to create a Veteran volunteer-based K9 program to safeguard students at district schools.

San Antonio, Texas February 18, 2018 – In the wake of a tragic school shooting that left seventeen young women and the shooter arrested, and 15 critically injured, Universal K9 has offered to create a Veteran based volunteer-based K9 program to help protect students throughout the district from gun violence.

At least 17 people were killed, and 15 others sent to the hospital, according to law enforcement officials. This is the second-deadliest school shooting in American history, with more fatalities than the 1999 Columbine massacre in which the two assailants murdered 13 people and then took their own lives. (The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which the shooter killed 26 children and staff, remains the deadliest.

Universal K9 reached out in 2014 to offer this pilot program to Marysville-Pilchuck High School when a student had pre-selected his victims and invited each of the five students via text message to join him at lunch. After shooting them at the table, Fryberg turned the gun on himself. A program through Universal K9 can help deter this activity and keep children safe in our schools and costs down.

“It’s such a horrible thing, and we hear about events like these too often these days,” said Brad Croft of Universal K9. “Schools should be safe havens for our children, places where they can learn, grow and make friends without fear that someone will bring a gun to school. To help make that a reality and to combat this frightening trend, we’re offering to help every school district in the United States create a volunteer-based K9 program to detect and deter guns and drugs in schools through the use of VETERAN and SHELTER DOGs. You have to stop or deter the perpetrator before they enter the school”

Universal K9 Seeks Corporate Sponsors to Support Shelter Dog Training Fundraiser

Universal K9 has announced a Go Fund Me campaign to train shelter dogs for police service and seeks corporate sponsors to help reach the campaign’s funding goal.

San Antonio, Texas, January 26, 2018 – Universal K9, a groundbreaking police dog training organization based in Texas, has today announced an initiative that will be supported through a Go Fund Me campaign. The campaign’s goals are simple – to adopt high-drive, high-energy dogs from shelters, train them, and place them with police and sheriff departments across the US.

According to Brad Croft, founder and professional trainer at Universal K9, “Most people assume that it’s only purebred dogs that make good K9 officers – German shepherds and the like. However, the truth is that all types of dogs have the potential to learn to detect and track drugs and guns, or to protect officers and citizens.”

Universal K9’s campaign goals are simple:

  • Rescue dogs that would not be adopted from the threat of euthanasia
  • Train those dogs to detect, track and protect
  • Home those dogs with law enforcement departments across the US
  • End breed-specific legislation (BSL)

Croft points out that while the program has idealistic goals, they are also based in financial common sense. A purebred European-trained police dog usually costs a department between $15,000 and $20,000. Universal K9 adopts shelter dogs, trains them, and places them with departments at no cost.

Universal K9 has seen significant success with their efforts. Currently, the company trains between 20 and 40 dogs per month, and there remains a lengthy waiting list of law enforcement departments. Since 2010, the organization has placed thousands of dogs with departments across the US, including pit bulls.

Today, Universal K9 seeks corporate sponsors to help the organization purchase new properties, renovate currently owned properties, and get more dogs out of shelters, trained and serving American communities.

To donate to Universal K9’s Go Fund Me campaign, visit https://GoFundMe.com/UniversalK9. To learn more about Universal K9, visit http://www.UniversalK9Inc.com.

About Universal K9: Universal K9 a non-profit that solely exists to save dogs, to help law enforcement and veterans excel in their futures jobs. Our program is unlike any other known in the US and has successfully saved and placed thousands of dogs

Texas State Approving Agency (TVC) Approves Several Universal K9 Course

Universal K-9, a specialist in K-9 training services, has today announced approval from the VA to accept GI Bill benefits to pay for the company’s Dual Purpose Handlers Course.

Universal K-9, one of the nation’s most respected companies specializing in K-9 training for police, bomb, drug and protection dogs, has today announced VA approval to accept GI Bill benefits. Universal K-9 will begin accepting GI Bill benefits for tuition for the company’s Dual Purpose Handlers Course. There are several GI Bill programs currently available for military members. These include the Montgomery GI Bill for active duty military members (MGIB-AD or Chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR or Chapter 1606), the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP or Chapter 1607) and the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 (the “new” GI Bill, or Chapter 33). MGIB-AD benefits are available for to veterans for a full decade after leaving active duty. MGIB-SR benefits are available to Reservists for the full duration of their enrollment in the Reserve. REAP benefits are available for 10 years after an honorable discharge from the Selected Reserve, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill offers eligibility for benefits for 15 years after leaving active duty. The Dual Purpose Handlers Course is a 2 week program that will also provide a free dual purpose dog to active law enforcement officers. After successfully completing the course, handlers will have the vital skills and education necessary to handle police dogs nationwide. Not content to help veterans reenter civilian life by teaching a trade and accepting GI Bill benefits, Universal K-9 is also providing free dual purpose dogs to all active law enforcement individuals who sign up for their 2 week dual purpose handlers course using their VA Education benefits. All applicants will need to submit the following documents for enrollment: Form DD-214 history of military record, VA Form 22-1990 application for VA Education Benefits and all prior transcripts for any secondary education. This is a certificate based program designed to provide entry level employment for veterans. To find out more about using GI Bill benefits to pay for the company’s Dual Purpose Handlers Course and free dual purpose dog, visit http://www.UniversalK9Inc.com or call 210-858-6830 for more details.

Texas State Approving Agency (TVC) Approves Several Universal K9 Course

Red McCombs and Universal K9 Supporting Law Enforcement by Providing K9 Training and Saving Dogs!

Universal K9 the leader in providing trained police dogs FREE to police departments nationwide, announces the collaboration between Red McCombs and Universal K9 to help underfunded police departments in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Red McCombs a long supporter of many causes in San Antonio has once again shown his generosity by donating a K9 and training to Castroville PD. This will be the 1st K9 to join the Castroville police department and has already helped take dangerous drugs off their streets. The collaboration supports much more than law enforcement it also supports saving dogs that would otherwise be euphonized in shelters across the US. The program is a win, win, win saving dogs, to help law enforcement protect our communities while saving valuable tax dollars. Shawn Barry the GM for one of Red McCombs dealerships noticed the potential of this program and wanted to help. Universal K9 has made headlines with the organization’s efforts to both save dogs that would otherwise be euthanized and provide invaluable aid to underfunded police and sheriff departments. The company’s efforts have been highlighted numerous times in the news, featured on ABC World News, People Magazine, and Huffington Post. Brad Croft wants cities and their police departments to know, if you’re spending $15k plus on dogs from breeders overseas you are wasting taxpayer dollars doing it! Universal K9 and business leaders like Red McCombs help to provide capable dogs from an untapped source. “Any dog can do this work,” he explains. “It doesn’t take a German Shepherd, Belgian Mal, Dutch Shepherd or Lab to do this work – you just need a good dog. Given the opportunity, any dog can be as productive as any other typical police dog. The good news is that as we place these dogs with police and sheriff departments around the US, the perception of breed specific dogs will turn the corner.”

Texas Shelter Dog Producing Big Results For a Smallarizona Police Department

Springerville Arizona Police Department “K9 Auggie” Alerts to Vehicle possessing 86.5lbs of Marijuana with street value of $271,000.00.

On the evening of 2/6/2016 Officer Jones conducted a traffic stop in the area of 456 S. Mountain Ave in Springerville. During contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Officer Jones observed several criminal indicators leading him to believe a load of illegal drugs may be in the vehicle. Springerville Police Department’s K9 Officer Biggs and narcotic detecting K9 Auggie were called to assist. K9 Auggie indicated a positive alert to the odor of narcotics within the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a total of 86.5 lbs of Marijuana. Investigation indicated the Marijuana was being transported from the Arizona/Mexico border to the eastern part of the United States. K9 Auggies story is nothing short of awesome as K9 Auggie was once a shelter dog carried for by Texas Star Rescue, Lori Morgan and her fantastic crew of women who make things happen for unwanted dogs and cats. This group is responsible for K9 Auggies success and they quietly save countless animals on a daily basis never looking for any recognition doing it. Texas Star Rescue and Universal K9 have teamed on many dogs and have successfully placed them with police departments all over the US for FREE! Universal K9 has made headlines with the organization’s efforts to both save dogs that would otherwise be euthanized and provide invaluable aid to underfunded police and sheriff departments. The company’s efforts have been highlighted numerous times in the news, featured on ABC World News, People Magazine, and Huffington Post. Brad Croft wants cities and their police departments to know, if you’re spending $15k plus on dogs from breeders overseas you are wasting taxpayer dollars doing it! Universal K9 and groups like Texas Star Rescue in Longview Texas have been providing capable dogs from an untapped source. “Any dog can do this work,” he explains. “It doesn’t take a German Shepherd, Belgian Mal, Dutch Shepherd or Lab to do this work – you just need a good dog. Given the opportunity, any dog can be as productive as any other typical police dog. The good news is that as we place these dogs with police and sheriff departments around the US, maybe the perception of breed specific dogs will turn the corner.” To find out more about Universal K9 or the new training and placement program, visit http://www.UniversalK9Inc.com. About Texas Star Rescue: Texas Star Rescue is Located in Longview Texas and is a 501 3 (c) nonprofit that accepts donations at their PayPal address texasstardonations@gmail.com