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Howling Heroes is currently accepting applications for the esteemed K-9 Guardian Award. 🐾🏆 Apply today to support our retired K9 heroes!

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Meet Arko


K9: Arko

Officer: Spencer Gale

K9: Arko – Narcotics and Apprehension Patrol 

PD: City of Ashtabula Police Dept

Breed: Dutch & German Shepherd Mix

M/F: Male

Age: 11

Start of Active Duty: 01.15.15

Retirement Date: 10.18.21

​K9 Arko served the citizens of Ashtabula, Ohio for over 6 years. He kept the officers and citizens in his community safe with 12 physical apprehensions and countless non-physical apprehensions during his career. K9 Arko also detected large quantities of illegal drugs including meth, heroin, fentanyl, and much more.. K9 Arko's ability to "turn off" his work mode made him the perfect K9 to attend public events and schools where he received lots of love and attention from children. 

Join us in honoring the unwavering dedication of our Howling Heroes and supporting future K9 Guardian Award recipients by contributing to the VFR Foundation. Your generosity not only sustains our current heroes but paves the way for the training and support of future four-legged guardians.


Every contribution, no matter the size, amplifies the impact of these extraordinary animals and fortifies their ability to serve with distinction. Join us in championing their cause and making a tangible difference in the lives of these remarkable canines.

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