Spike’s K9 Fund was founded in 2014, to provide active and retired working K9s the support, equipment, and post-retirement care they need and deserve.
Spike’s K9 Fund was founded by James Hatch, a retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and named after his first working K9 “Spike” who was killed in action in 2006. James was a K9 handler on multiple combat deployments. He and his team regularly relied on the K9’s to preserve their lives. On the night James was wounded in 2009, a K9 named “Remco” saved his life while losing his own. Now James is committed to preserving K9 lives in the same, dedicated way that the K9’s preserved human lives.
Our K9 Piper Kit Campaign equips working dogs with essential gear to help them be more effective at their job. The donations range from non-ballistic vests (K9 Storm's SAR vest and Aerial Insertion Vest), harnesses, vehicle heat alarms (manufactured by AceK9), GPS tracking devices, and eye protection (like K9 Piper famously wore to work every day).
K9 Piper lived every day to the fullest. Even with a foot of snow on the runway, he showed up, tongue out and ready for anything. His main function was to increase safety by responding to reports of wildlife and conducting regular patrols. Snowy owls and foxes never stood a chance on the runway.
In order to keep the runways safe, K9 Piper had the essential kit to help him do his job. Without these items he could not complete his mission and keep the runways clear. This is true for all working K9s - without proper gear they cannot complete their tasks. We created the K9 Piper Kit Campaign for this very reason.