In law enforcement, it is common to allow members of the community to participate in ride-alongs. These activities allow civilians to understand more about what it’s like to be in law enforcement and the typical day in the life of these professionals. But in Nebraska, the local Human Society decided to partner with their local law enforcement to facilitate a different type of ride-along for some of their adoptable dogs. One dog in particular, a 6 year-old named Mickey, was the first to participate. Thus, the K-9 for a Day program was born.
Mickey was the first to participate, teaming up with an officer from the La Vista Police Department. The hope was that the dog could get some exposure in the community in the hopes of finding him a good home. Better yet, the trip would give him an opportunity to leave the shelter, which is often a stressful place for the animals inside. The idea came from the captain of the police department, named Bryan Waugh. He heard about a similar program in Green Bay, Wisconsin that was very successful. So, he decided to begin something in his own community.
For his outing, Mickey was picked up by an officer and taken to the police station to get a police patch for his collar. Then, the duo visited some local stores, went for a walk, and gave Mickey the opportunity to do his favorite thing: stick his head out of the police cruiser on a drive. His day was documented via video, photos, and even an article in the local newspaper. That’s where a woman named Shannon Andresen learned about him and quickly fell in love. A few days later, the woman and her boyfriend adopted Mickey into their home and they’ve never been happier—and the program is obviously a huge success!