Who We Are
In 2015, a partnership formed between the Nevada City Police Department, the Sean M. Walsh Foundation and the community through the Western Nevada County K9 Association (WNCK9A) to acquire a K9 Officer. K9 Officer Rüdiger became the first 100% community-supported K9 Officer in the nation.
In 2017, WNCK9A incorporated as a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation under the name Rüdiger Foundation, committed to providing funding to maintain a robust local K9 program. In 2018, RüF provided the Grass Valley Police Department $25,000 to purchase K9 Officer Kano. K9 Officer Rüdiger moved to GVPD in 2018 with financial support from RüF. In 2019, State Parks K9 Officer Miro joined RüF via transfer from Malibu.
Our goal over the next 5 years, through our annual Paw & Order event, expands community outreach and partnership with additional agencies including the Nevada County Sheriffs Office. Rüdiger Foundation intends to secure the necessary funding to assure 24/7 K9 Officer coverage throughout Nevada County and provide full retirement benefits to past local K9 Officers.
To provide local law enforcement with K9 resources that demonstrate and enhance an appreciated, supportive work environment, encourage constituency education and connectivity, and foster a safer, healthier community.
A thriving relationship between a community and its law enforcement; fostered, supported, and made safer by its K9 program.