The Peterborough Police Service has launched a new 2023 fundraising calendar featuring the dogs of its canine unit and victim services.
The calendar was unveiled at an announcement at the Water Street police station on Thursday afternoon (November 17) that included representatives from the K9 unit and victim services as well as the Peterborough Humane Society, the beneficiary of the calendar.
The calendar includes photos of all three police service dogs on the K9 unit — Isaac, Gryphon, and Mag — along with their human handlers, police constables Bob Cowie and Dillon Wentworth. The calendar also includes photos of facility dog Pixie and her handler Alice Czitrom.
“This project has been in the works since January,” said acting police chief Tim Farquharson. “We feel it’s a neat way to connect with our community and share the great work our canine officers and their handlers do each shift. It’s also important for us to give back to our community. As such, the proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go to the Peterborough Humane Society’s Animal Care Centre.”
The calendar also includes the latest statistics on the work of both K9 unit and facility dog Pixie in Victim Services, as well as a section dedicated to past police service dogs and handlers.
The cost of the calendar is $20, with all proceeds going to the Peterborough Humane Society for the new Peterborough Animal Care Centre.
“We are so thankful for community partnerships such as this one with Peterborough Police Service,” said Peterborough Humane Society executive director Shawn Morey. “We are excited to not only have the new Peterborough Animal Care Centre highlighted in the 2023 calendar but for the funds to also be supporting Our Pet Project capital campaign to build the new centre.”
Construction of the new centre is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with a soft opening in January. Peterborough Animal Care Centre will include a spay-and-neuter clinic, an education and adoption centre, and a state-of-the-art dog rehabilitation centre in partnership with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. It will be a community hub as it includes an off-leash dog park, private event space, and patio.
Calendars can be purchased online at www.peterboroughpolice.com and picked up at the police station between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m..