New Program Pairs Police With Shelter Dogs To Promote Pet Adoption

In Nebraska, an innovative new program has been launched to help promote pet adoption. “K9 For A Day” pairs officers with the La Vista Police Department with homeless dogs from the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS).

According to the shelter, once a month an available dog from NHS will spend part of the day riding along with a LaVista Police Department Officer while they go on calls and meet members of the community. Beyond promoting pet adoption, the program strives to highlight responsible pet ownership.

October’s featured pooch (and the first to be part of the new program!) is Mickey, a six-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix who has been waiting for a home of his own since July.

On Wednesday, Mickey hit the road with his K9 partner. In a Facebook post, the Department wrote:

“Mickey” road with Officer Jeanette, assigned to our Special Enforcement/Community Affairs division. They made lots of new friends and hopefully found Mickey his forever home. As our friends at NHS say, “paws crossed” Mickey will be adopted soon. He’s a great dog!

More about Mickey’s ideal home:

  • He wants to be the king of the castle so a home with no cats, other dogs or small children would be great!
  • He’s an energetic and athletic guy, so he’ll need a home with a 6 ft fence, as he’s a pretty good escape artist.
  • After playing a little fetch in the backyard, he enjoys time to chill and watch TV.
  • He is very treat motivated, so a home that will continue to teach him new tricks would be great!

Follow Mickey’s adventure on Twitter #K9CopForADay

Find the Nebraska Humane Society on Facebook here.

LaVista Police Department on Facebook here.

Images: Nebraska Humane Society and the City of La Vista Government

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at 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. Carol Szarek says:

    Absolutely a fabulous idea. Just was reading about Pups on Parole, also.. All of these things are nothing but good for the dogs. Inmates too. This is all win-win, and yes, think what could be done if every state would do this. Maybe one day they will. Keep up all the positive work! Go LaVista NE!!

  2. Kristina wallis says:

    I wish every state would do this!!

  3. Lisa Blanck says:

    Fabulous idea. Get the dog out of the shelter and into the public eye! Great for socialization too!

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