The CIK9 was established with three goals as its mission

The Shadow Fund
2 A Dedicated Canine Training Facility
3 A Working Dog Monument with Heroes Memorial


  • We have established the Capital K9 Campaign (CKC) to raise the estimated $2-2.5M to support these two organizational goals.
  • We have projected that fundraising will occur through 2021 and 2022 and begin building in early 2023.
  •  We are requesting the donation of three to five acres of land on which to build the training site and monument.

goal importance

    • Across Central Indiana are 62 law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels with 190 active K9 teams and growing.
    • Funds for training law enforcement officers (LEO’s) and their K9s are limited.
    •  K9 officers serve in many capacities – patrol discipline, drug and explosive detection or search and rescue missions – all of which require extensive training.
    •  Initial and advanced training often occurs outside of Central Indiana and in some cases outside of the State of Indiana. The cost of instruction, hotel fees, and food become a challenge and is further exacerbated by the toll on the handlers and their agencies by being gone for extended periods of time.
    • Facilitate local, quality training at a professional training site is critical to ensure high performance by the K9 officer and their handler.


CIK9 received pro-bono services from Sebree Architects for the design of a training facility to both meet the needs for adequate training, as well as incorporating solar panels on the roof and creating a campus environment to reduce energy costs by limiting the need of air conditioning or heating in areas not being utilized.

World-renowned artist Susan Bahary has provided a sketch of the Working Dog Monument. A celebrated artist, Ms. Bahary continues to earn commissioned works for some of our country’s most celebrated animal monuments located in prominent museums, universities, military bases and abroad.

Her most recent work The Pledge, was unveiled at the Women’s Memorial-Arlington National Cemetery on October 2020.