HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This past Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced the third grant of the 2011 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The foundation will be distributing a grant to K9s4Cops, Inc., a Houston-based foundation, to benefit the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
K9s4Cops will use the grant to increase the size of their donation to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 corps by purchasing a trainable, dual-purpose canine that will then be passed along to their own certified staff for narcotics detection and patrol-related training. This addition will bring their unit total up to 16 certified dogs. So far this year K9s4Cops has donated four K-9s to the Sheriff’s office.
The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation seeks to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA.
K9s4Cops provides an answer for the lack of K-9 units in Texas. As a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization, K9s4Cops' aim is to raise funds for Houston and cities nationwide urgently requiring additional K-9s. Police work is dangerous work. A K-9’s job is to step in front of danger. K9s4Cops' mission is to ensure that every law enforcement officer in need of a K-9 has one at his side, well trained and ready for action.
On October 27, K9s4Cops founder Kristi Schiller and her husband Energy XXI CEO John Schiller will be hosting the foundation's first fundraiser at her home in River Oaks. This event is co-sponsored by Lee Iacocca, Mica Mosbacher, Celia & Cornelius Dupree, Ann & Dave Dunlap, Ellen & Steve Susman and Heart Energy, just to name a few. “So many people want to show their support of police on a larger scale but don’t know how. K9s4Cops will provide a trusted way for individuals and corporations to foster a relationship with those who make our community a safer place,” stated K9s4Cops board founder and chair Kristi Schiller.
For additional information about K9s4Cops, please visit www.k9s4cops.org.