Every day canine officers and their human partners come to the aid of citizens in need. Recognizing the important role these canine duos play in keeping our community safe, SPCA Florida will honor one of the bravest, most impressive K-9 officers with the 7th Annual DiOGi K-9 Hero of the Year Award. This award is presented in honor of Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and his K-9 partner DiOGi who were both killed in the line of duty while pursuing a suspect who had fled on foot during a traffic stop.
Do you know of or have you witnessed a K-9 team going above the call of duty? We want to know what makes a K-9 partnership superior and worthy of this prestigious award. Tell us the story of the partners working together to get the job done, cite an example of superior bravery in the face of danger, or describe the vital role he or she plays in protecting and serving our community.
This special award will be presented on stage to the winning K-9 Officer and his or her partner at the Auction for Animals on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Visit www.spcaflorida.org/diogi to submit your nominations.
The dynamic duos must be working in Polk County or one of the surrounding communities, which include Lake, Osceola, Orange, Sumter, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Hardee and Highlands Counties. Submit all entries to SPCA Florida by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018. The panel of judges, including but not limited to dog trainers, retired officers, and SPCA Florida board members will select the most outstanding candidate and the winner will be notified by Monday, October 15, 2018.
All proceeds from the 26th Annual Auction for Animals will benefit local homeless animals cared for by
SPCA Florida. The event will be held at Haus 820 located at 820 N. Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Lakeland from 6 to 11 p.m.
About SPCA Florida
Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,000 homeless animals entering our doors each year. Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs. Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state. Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 91% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.
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