Charity is at the heart of Neoh & Nobo, so we were delighted when we were approached by Pension4Paws to sponsor their fundraiser for the Thames Valley Police open day. A newly registered charity, Pensions4Paws help to support retired police and fire dogs in the Thames Valley and Hampshire area.
Pensions4Paws was established to raise funds to support retired dogs who work so hard and remain loyal to protect the community, locate people in need and identify crime scenes across Thames Valley and Hampshire. This includes general purpose dogs, search dogs, victim recovery dogs, explosive dogs and passive search dogs. Pensions4Paws currently have in excess of 45 retired police dogs housed throughout the UK.
A trained emergency service dog will usually serve their community for 7-8 years before retirement and contrary to public belief, dogs do not stay with their handlers and are often re-housed in their forever homes with a family, which could be based anywhere across the UK.
As these retired dogs are classed as working dogs, new owners can often find obtaining pet insurance quite difficult, meaning they have to cover the cost of food, vet bills etc. which can potentially become quite costly. In 2016, Pensions4Paws paid over £6500 to forever homes to support the costs associated with their new family member.
Continuing in their mission to provide a better quality of life for retired working dogs, Pensions4Paws are now extending their reach, providing support to Fire Service Dogs. The charity often hold a number of fundraising activities and days consisting of Police Open Days, Crufts, Kennet Day, The Newbury Show and more. Open days have the potential to attract over 5000 visitors, providing a welcome opportunity to promote their cause and raise necessary funds.