BACK THE BLUE K-9 FORCE WAS CREATED IN 2016 BY DIANE LEWIS 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.
I am originally from Nebraska and moved to Colorado in 1988. I have a son, daughter-in-law and daughter and a grandson. 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: 10 K9's, Narcan, K-9 trauma kits, breakaway muzzles, bite sleeves, harnesses, collars, leashes, hot and pop systems, and assistance with surgeries. The life saving gastropexy surgery is important as it stops the K-9's stomach's from flipping. 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.