Seattle, WA, September 25, 2017 — (PR.com) —
With more than 5000 police calls, 81 felony arrests, 23 misdemeanor arrests and more under her collar, Seattle Police Department’s K9-3 Ziva is ready for retirement this fall before her 10th birthday on Nov.15. In addition to her crime fighting, with her partner Sergeant Mark Wong, Ziva’s helped raise more than $40,000 over the years for local animal shelters and organizations, including the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
Ziva broke new ground for “grrrl power” as she was the first female “generalist patrol” police dog to work with the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit and for a few years, she was also the only female generalist patrol dog in the State of Washington. For background, a “generalist patrol” police dog is a person tracker vs a “detection” dog that is used to seek out and detect drugs, explosives or other items. After she and Mark passed their State of Washington and Washington State Police Canine Association certification on Feb. 10, 2011, Ziva caught her first suspect on Feb. 11 and from there, she built up her tracks and arrests, earning SPD Canine Unit “Team of the Year” awards in 2013 and 2014.
She also found time to be a notable K9 and community ambassador, demonstrating her tracking skills at more than 100 events in Seattle area, performing at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show and raising money to help dogs and other animals in need. She and Mark became favorites at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation’s annual Raining Cats & Dogs auction where they donated a K9 Ride-a-Long experience to bid on where the lucky winner would join Ziva and Mark on their third shift patrol.
“Ziva has had a remarkable career, and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is thrilled for the opportunity to recognize her contributions to Seattle both on the job as a patrol dog and her off duty ambassador work. Ziva and Mark’s dedication to the welfare of Seattle’s families, including our cats, dogs, and critters, is evident in everything they do, and makes our city a happier, healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Whitney Allen, president of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
Ziva will be recognized and celebrated at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation’s 7th Annual Raining Cats and Dogs Auction on Saturday, Oct. 14. As part of this event, there will also be a special Fund-a-Need effort to raise money for the first X-ray suite at the Seattle Animal Shelter. It will be announced that the X-ray suite will be dedicated to Ziva in honor of her retirement and tireless work to protect families, pets and the Seattle community. The opening and dedication of X-ray suite is being planned for Feb. 2018 with event date being announced in coming weeks. For more information or to get auction tickets to join, please visit www.seattleanimalshelterfoundation.org/
About the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation
The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) supports the programs and initiatives of the Seattle Animal Shelter by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. SASF is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of animals cared for by the Seattle Animal Shelter. SASF reflects the support that the Seattle community and Shelter volunteers have for this essential City agency.