Back the Blue K-9 Force was created in 2016 by Diane Lewis, Jennifer Leggatt and Judy Anderson. The foundations purpose is to provide financial support to law enforcement K-9 units, help departments obtain K-9s and eventually add support for retired K-9s.. The departments do not currently have funds allocated for K-9 safety or medical needs in their budget. We raise monies to fill this gap for these departments and also provide additional safety and peace of mind for the K-9 handlers. In the future we hope to grow our fundraising efforts so we can support more departments locally and nationally.
I am originally from Nebraska and moved to Colorado in 1988. I have a son, daughter-in-law and daughter. We always had rescue dogs in our family. I became interested in helping local law enforcement with their K-9 needs after learning that many didn't have protective vests. After providing K-9 vests for 3 departments we expanded our donations to cover other items: Narcan, K-9 trauma kits, breakaway muzzles, bite sleeves, and assistance with surgeries. It is our philosophy that the safer we keep the K-9's the safer they keep their handlers. We are proud that BTBK9F has helped departments in Nebraska and Missouri as well as Colorado.
I am a married Mom of 2 boys and 3 stepdaughters and have 3 grandchildren. I am a Denver native!! I like to travel, garden, and volunteer. I have always had a passion for animals, so when the opportunity came up to help start this non-profit, I knew it was a perfect fit ! I have enormous respect for police officers and all that they sacrifice every day. I have met the nicest handlers and the sweetest K9's. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to support their efforts.