Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes Campaign Helps Again!

Helping Heroes K-9 Ben visits Petco 2 years later

Petco Foundation Invests in K-9 Crime Stoppers’ Life-Changing Work Supporting Working Animals
Investment of $3,500 will extend efforts to help pets and people in the Greater Hartford Area, and across the Nation, live their best lives

[Wethersfield] (March 5, 2018) – K9CS, Inc. (K-9 Crime Stoppers) of Connecticut announced it has been awarded a $3,500 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its Puppies to Police Dogs program. To date, the Petco Foundation has contributed over $16,000 for K9CS to continue the donation of K-9s, equipment, officer and canine training and consultation.

K9CS is a nonprofit organization to raise, train and donate quality K-9s to communities in need, and to support the importance of well-trained K-9 teams locally and across the country. Since 1997 K-9 Crime Stoppers has donated over a half a million dollars worth of quality K-9’s, training, and consulting across the U.S.A.

This grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. Each October during the campaign, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the life-changing work of service, therapy and working animals.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to support more dogs that will be donated to Police Departments and Search and Rescue teams that struggle with small or no budget for their K9 Unit. In times of chaos across the globe there is an even greater need for the donation of dogs that have detection, protection and obedience foundation training while puppies. For all K9 units there is a greater need for K9CS to provide real-life training scenarios and recognize and modify behavioral issues that arise due to trauma or the introduction of new challenges. K-9 Crime Stoppers donate the dogs, the resources and the continuing education to the Hartford Capitol Region K9 teams and to K9 units nationally.

“The Petco Foundation has undoubtedly been  a pillar to the success of K-9 Crime Stoppers’ ability to donate K9’s, bite & detection training, provide seminars; pretty much to keep us out there helping our communities near and far,” said Bryan Colletti, President and Founder. “The Helping Heroes campaign is instrumental for charities like ours that rely on public donations and grants to keep operating. We are honored and cannot thank the Petco Foundation and Natural Balance Pet Foods enough for the enormous support over the years.”

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About K9CS, Inc. (a/k/a K-9 CRIME STOPPERS ) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to raise, train and donate quality K-9s to communities in need. We advise and consult Police Dog and Search & Rescue Handlers and Administrators, problem-solve canine behavioral issues, and advocate for the importance of publicly supported and knowledgeable K-9 Teams in every municipality. K9CS has donated training time and fully trained K9s locally and out to the nation’s borders for over 22 years. While we focus on techniques primarily for Police or Search and Rescue Dogs, our charity recognizes the need for animal advocacy groups and encourages partnerships that span across species. Our area of concentration is the Greater Hartford region but our donated K-9 CRIME STOPPER Puppies have demonstrated their remarkable work all over the country. They were deployed at 9/11, are used to help stop the illegal drug trades along our nation’s borders, and with the horrific actions of terrorists in the world and on our own soil, our devoted and committed dogs and instruction are increasingly in demand.
K9CS, Inc. (dba K-9 Crime Stoppers)
PO Box 311154
Newington, CT 06131

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.