On Saturday, March 9, the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) Parlor 17 from Sutter Creek hosted a pasta feed fundraiser for the Amador County Deputy Sheriff's K9 Fund (ACDS K9). NSGW President Jon Campbell expressed it was their pleasure to donate the use of the hall and pay for the food for this special event. The event was a complete sell out, which included a silent auction, live auction and raffle drawings. The event was a true success due to the dedication of the deputies, spouses and community support. Early indications are that upwards of $10,000 was raised with hopes of purchasing a new K9, thanks to great help and assistance from the Amador High School S-Club, which served the patrons, provided ice cream and dog bone cookies as desert, and cleaned the entire facility after the event.
Joe Dirickx of Top Cop Challenge presented a $2000 check to the ACDS K9 fund in addition to a $700 donation to purchase a bullet proof vest for Zidan, which is the newest member of the ACDS K9 family. Zidan came from Hungary and is a 2 year old German Shepherd. Zidan just completed his field training and will be on patrol in the coming weeks.
Earlier this year, the Amador County Deputy's Sheriff's Association created the ACDS K9 program. This program was established to be able to make additional purchases of specialized equipment, in addition to advanced training, medical and retirement care for our K9 partners. This will be accomplished through fundraising and community donations, collected in partnership with Amador County Deputy Sheriff's Foundation 501 (c)(3) Tax Id #20-2820820.
Individuals can follow the Amador County Deputy Sheriff's K9 Fund and their working K9’s on Instagram at acdsk9fund and on their Facebook page at Amador County Deputy Sheriff's K9 Fund.
The K9 teams have been out in the community attending public events and putting on demonstration's at local schools and businesses. Several additional fundraisers are being planned including a golf tournament later this year. ACSD K9 greatly appreciates all the support that their K9 teams have received from the citizens of Amador County and they are looking forward to the growth of their program.
The ACDS K9 members would like to express their gratitude, not only to the individuals that attended the event and all the volunteers, but to the countless businesses which donated raffle prizes.