Abandoned Dog Who Wasn’t Eligible For Adoption Is Now Fighting Crime

Apollo - crime fighting K9

An energetic dog named “Apollo,” has recently joined the Tukwila Police Department in Washington state. According to the department, Apollo was abandoned before being sent to an animal shelter – unfortunately, his dynamic personality proved to be “too much” for him to be eligible for adoption.

The department stated, “He stayed at the shelter for six months and was deemed to have too much energy to be considered for adoption.” Fortunately, for Apollo, the animal shelter staff felt that there might be a place for the exuberant dog – even if it wasn’t in someone’s home.

The department explained how the shelter staffs’ efforts spared the boisterous dog from becoming a statistic:

the shelter called a Washington State narcotics K-9 trainer and asked her to take a look at Apollo to see if he was possibly a candidate for detection work. The trainer ran Apollo through some drills and thought he would indeed be a great narcotics K-9. She took Apollo out of the shelter and put him in her kennels at the Department of Corrections (DOC).

Though the trainer saw Apollo’s potential, multiple officers who were going through narcotics school didn’t want to give him a chance, so he waited for a full year for his opportunity to shine. The department explained, “No one would give him a chance simply because he was a pit bull who often have bad reputations based on misconceptions and lack of training.”

Apollo’s big break came last summer after the Tukwila Police Department reached out to the trainer who had evaluated him and learned that he was a high-drive dog who just needed a chance. The department stated, “We decided to give Apollo that chance and we are glad that we did. Apollo finished narcotics school in November of last year and did indeed finish first in his class.”

Not only was Apollo a star student, and now a highly productive working canine, but it turns out that he’s a really friendly dog who is a joy to be around.

According to the department, Apollo is a part of his handler’s family, as well as a beloved member of the entire Tukwila Police Department.

(Image via Tukwila Police Department)

Love senior dogs? Don’t miss this article about a “senior dog prom” which gives gray-muzzle pups a chance to shine.

Watch a heartwarming video, a Poem To My Foster Dog, here.

Interested in receiving more inspiring animal stories? Please subscribe! Don’t forget to tune in to watch Shelter Me’s latest episodes here.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    It’s nice to see a shelter think “out of the box” and go the distance to save a life. Afterall isn’t that the definition of a “shelter”, to help protect the lives of the less fortunate, in this case a dog? Best of luck “Apollo”. We know you will serve your community with honor and distinction.. Another PITBULL life saved!!!!!

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    I did comment. I don’t know why I am being asked again.

  3. Elaine Whinston says:

    I love your articles and look forward to seeing more.
    Thanks for posting all that you do.

Comments are closed.