Adoptable dogs get a chance to be a police K9 for a day

WEST SENECA, NY (WKBW) – The West Seneca Police Department is giving adoptable dogs the chance to spend the summer in the driver’s seat.

The department partners with Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue for the Bark, Walk and Talk program. The community policing initiative aims to strengthen the ministry’s footprint among those it serves. The one-day K9s are all up for adoption.

“We will be having these dogs with us at various community events throughout the summer,” said West Seneca Police Officer Rachel Kingston.

Julie Starr, president and founder of Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, says the program gives adoptable dogs the chance to see and be seen.

“You can see their personality, see them up close,” she said.

Kingston says the program helps people feel more comfortable approaching the police.

“Uniforms can be very intimidating and some people are a bit hesitant to approach us,” she said. “If it helps people see us in a different light, that’s a win-win.”

You can catch the officers and adoptable puppies in the community.

The next Bark, Walk and Talk dates are:

– Saturday June 4 / 10am-1pm / Sunshine Park

– Thursday, June 16 / 4-7 p.m. / WS Farmer’s Market (Outside Town Hall, 1250 Union Rd.)

– Thursday, July 21 / 4-7 p.m. /WS Farmer’s Market

– Saturday July 30 / 10am-1pm / Sunshine Park

– Saturday August 6 / 12pm-3pm / Harlem Rd. Parking

– Thursday, August 18 / 4-7 p.m. / WS Farmer’s Market

Bette C. Alvarado