Last year, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation launched a public art campaign – “‘K9s for Cops’” that placed statues of police dogs around the city to highlight the important work done by the 70 dogs of the Chicago Police Department’s Canine Unit. Money raised (around $9.5 million) from over 100 sponsors and sales of the pieces has provided assistance to the families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty.
For 2018, members of the public could choose to sponsor either a German Shepherd Dog or a Labrador Retriever. Sponsors have the option of purchasing their “K9” statue after it’s been on display for $500, otherwise the pieces go to auction, and all profits benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The sculptures are on display in the Magnificent Mile Area until September 30th. If you’re in the Chicago area, or are planning a visit, you can print out this map that shows you where they are located. If you’re interested in sponsoring a statue, click here.
The image seen here is credited to Monica Song / Vision Times, and you can see more of the German Shepherd Dog sculptures here.