Dane County K9, Inc.


The Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit is not fully funded by public funds (tax dollars). Prior to the founding of Dane County K9, Inc., the K-9 handlers spent thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to purchase and maintain their K-9 partner's. Annually, the K-9 Unit needs financial assistance for advanced training and to purchase updated equipment. Approximately every eighteen months, the K-9 Unit needs to replace one of the K-9's. A new K-9 generally costs between $8,000 and $12,000. If we need to replace a K-9 handler that the same time, the basic training for a new handler can add another $5,000 to $7,000 to this cost.

In addition to replacement of K-9s or handlers there are several other significant costs involved that DCK9, Inc. has funded. DCK9, Inc. has provided equipment and training aides to maintain proficiency. DCK9, Inc. purchased thousands of dollars in software upgrades to document and store training records. Through donations GPS units were acquired which have been critical in rescue operations.

Dane County K9, Inc. has been fortunate to have the support of many businesses, individuals, and foundations. Donations to DCK9, Inc. not only helps us provide for the long term financial needs of the teams but is also an investment back into the communities the teams serve.

How can you help?

Cash donations are always welcome, but you can also provide and show support for the DCK9, Inc. by purchasing DCK9, Inc. apparel. Please see the Merchandise link to view our available items. New items will be periodically added so be sure to come back and visit our site regularly!

Another great way to help support the DCK9, Inc. is to participate in fundraising events. Occasionally the organization will host events such as golf outings, volleyball tournaments, and bake sales with all proceeds going to the organization. Please click on the Events link to see where we'll be next!

If you are interested in donating your time at DCK9, Inc. events, please visit our Volunteer section.


There are many ways to donate to DCK9, Inc. Financial contributions can be mailed to the address below. Checks should be made out to Dane County K9, Inc. or donations can be made through PayPal using the "Donation" button below.

Please visit the link to our Endowment Fund for information about helping secure the long-term financial future of the K-9 Unit. All the money raised by Dane County K9, Inc. will support the annual financial needs of the Dane County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. Additional questions can be directed to the Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit Supervisor and Treasurer of the Board, Lt. Chris Nygaard: nygaard@danesheriff.com

Dane County K-9, Inc.
P.O. Box 259631
Madison, WI 53725



Endowment Fund

In November of 2009, the Board of Directors voted to establish an endowment fund with the Madison Community Foundation to accept funds to help secure the long-term financial needs of the Dane County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. The investment needed to start the fund has been secured.

Please visit Madison Community Foundation for additional information and help us secure the long term financial future of the Dane County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of Dane County K9, Inc. There are various opportunities to work at special functions. Volunteers work as their schedules allow. Check out our Events page to see what is coming up. Send an e-mail to Lieutenant Chris Nygaard if you would like to volunteer.