Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund
Donations to the Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund are a special way for individuals and organizations to support Cleveland Metroparks Rangers and the dogs that are part of the department. Financial contributions to the K-9 Unit Fund help to provide specialized training and equipment to ensure the safety of all Park District visitors as well as promote public safety.
Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department K-9 Unit was established in 2001 to better serve the needs of ensuring Park District safety. The K-9 Unit is staffed by three state and nationally certified police canines – Rocky, Logan and Gambit. All of the dogs and their handlers continuously update their skills through weekly regional training exercises, statewide instruction, and national conferences. Rico, a fourth canine, joined the department in October 2013 and is in training with certification anticipated later in the year.
The K-9 Unit patrols throughout Cleveland Metroparks 23,000 acres and specializes in locating missing persons, apprehending fleeing suspects and detecting illegal drugs. The outstanding reputation of the K-9 Unit is well known throughout northeast Ohio and their assistance is regularly requested by local communities throughout the year. The K-9 Unit also draws upon its unique public appeal to promote safety and crime prevention at Cleveland Metroparks events and selected community programs.
Contributions to the Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund are also a meaningful way to recognize a special peace officer or dog lover in your life while helping to support Cleveland Metroparks. All donors and persons being honored or memorialized will be recognized in Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace newsletter, and the annual Gift of Nature report.
To make a gift to the Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund, please print the Ranger Department K-9 Unit Fund donation form and mail to:
Gift and Donor Development
4101 Fulton Parkway
Cleveland, Ohio 44144
For more information, please contact Karen Kannenberg, CFRE, manager of gift and donor development at 216-635-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.