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Share the Love with Adorable and Heroic VPD Animals

It’s that time of year again, and we have a pawesome line-up of adorable and meaningful Valentine’s Day e-cards and VPD animal adoption kits ready for you to send to your loved ones! This time we are proud to feature VPD Police Horses Nelson, Tex and Ike, as well as Police Service Dog Solo, Justice Facility Dog Lucca, and his Labrador colleagues, Accredited Facility Dogs Zen and Sadie.

Our 2023 Valentine’s Day e-cards come in four new designs and are totally free to send to your friends and family! Send as many as you want on Valentine’s Day, or better yet, select your e-cards and recipients today and schedule them to send on the big day to ensure no one is forgotten.

For those extra special people in your life, we also offer exclusive Valentine’s Day VPD animal adoption kits for purchase. Each kit features a limited-edition red box and includes a VPD dog or horse stuffy, animal magnet, hardcopy adoption certificate, fact card, thank you letter and a printed Valentine’s card. Purchasers will also receive a $28 tax receipt. The best part? Every adoption represents a donation that will help the VPF support some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community.

Featured Four-Legged Heroes:

Police Horses Nelson, Ike and Tex are part of the long-standing VPD Mounted Unit that has been patrolling Vancouver for over a century. When not keeping watch over the 1000 acres and 200 km of roads and trails in Stanley Park, you may spot the officers on horseback throughout the city. In addition to the many community and ceremonial events they take part in, the Mounted Unit has an important role in managing crowds at demonstrations and large civic events.

Police Service Dog (PSD) Solo is one of the brave members of the VPD Canine Unit. He is currently the largest VPD canine – weighing in at an impressive 100 lbs! Born in Slovakia in 2018, Solo is a very well-balanced dog with an amazing “on/off switch”. He knows the routine when it’s time to go to work and understands that when the vest goes on, it’s time to work. He is always eager and ready to go when he comes out of the truck. When at home, Solo is able to relax and enjoy walks at the park, playtime with other dogs, and resting for his next set of shifts.

Justice Facility Dog (JFD) Lucca works alongside the VPD’s Victim Services Unit staff members to support victims, witnesses, and family members involved in a criminal event to lessen the impact of trauma. Since 2016, JFD Lucca has had over 500 unique contacts with individuals, providing a calming presence. Similarly, Accredited Facility Dogs (AFD) Zen and Sadie joined the VPD in 2021 to provide similar, critical mental health support, but primarily to VPD officers and civilian staff. Prior to joining the VPD,  JFD Lucca and AFDs Zen and Sadie were bred, raised, and trained by the Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS).

Don’t miss out on these adorable and heroic animal Valentine’s cards and adoption kits!

** Please note Canada Post’s delivery estimate to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. The delivery standard for regular mail sent inside Canada is two business days for local mail, three business days within the province and four days for national mail. Orders are packaged weekdays, all orders on weekends will be processed on Mondays.  Orders placed after February 11th, 2023 will still be graciously processed.

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