Updated 16 hours ago
When its time to go to work, Ares of the Indiana Township police K-9 unit gets the job done.
But at a recent fundraiser for the unit, Ares was more about getting pets and belly rubs than he was about sniffing out illegal drugs.
The fundraiser was a 12-hour scrapbooking event attended by about 30 women who wanted to have fun and raise money for the annual costs of keeping Ares on patrol.
“Having Ares is a great necessity,” said Hampton resident and organizer Kisle Lynn. “This fundraiser is just a way we can do our little part.”
As part of the group Caring for K-9s, Lynn, a former resident of Indiana Township, started the event four years ago when she was looking for a way to give back to her community. Scrapbooking was something that she and her friends got together to do, so she turned her favorite pastime into a form of fundraising.
And the event held in the Indiana Township Town Hall has grown every year since, starting with 17 participants four years ago. Officer Scott Palmer, the dog’s handler, said that it takes about $5,000 a year for Ares. The event early this month was able to raise $1,500 from ticket sales, raffles and other donations.
Ares, 8, is the township’s second dog in the K-9 unit, and with retirement coming for him in the next couple of years, Palmer told the crowd that donations are needed more than ever.
“He said next year is probably when he’s going to start looking at a new dog,” said volunteer and organizer Marie Golio. “That’s where it gets expensive. I’m glad we could give him what we did.”
Ares serves all municipalities in the Fox Chapel Area School District, so residents from multiple boroughs and communities came to show their support.
McCandless resident and first time attendee Nikki Oeler is a big supporter of K-9 patrols and their work in the community.
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