Running With Toronto's 1st Trauma Dog

By 11 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 12:46 p.m. July 2, 2015

Victim Services Toronto (VST) has proudly launched Toronto’s first trauma dog program to help victims in the immediate aftermath of crime or tragedy.

A man in TPS uniform kneels beside a golden Labrador retriever who looks his face
Superintendent Heinz Kuck gets a thankful slurp from Victim Services trauma dog Dandy

While the trauma dog will be available to assist victims of all ages, the primary focus of the program will be helping children. Annually, of the 20,000 people Victim Services Toronto works with, more than 7,000 are children. 

To support the trauma dog program, organizers of the Bang and Olufsen 5-km Yorkville Run has graciously invited Victim Services Toronto to be one of their select charities in the upcoming annual event. The B&O Yorkville Run is a premier, boutique race that unites local runners and businesses to raise funds for local charities. The run provides a luxurious experience for its 1,000 participants — from its high-end race kit, to the over-sized finishers medals and après-run hors d'oeuvres served by white-gloved waiters, courtesy of Yorkville restaurants.

The sixth Annual B&O Yorkville Run will take place on Sunday, September 13. In its first five years, the B&O Yorkville Run raised over $360,000 to support YWCA Toronto women's shelters, Mount Sinai Hospital, Prostate Cancer Canada and the Jesse Ketchum Public School.

11 Division Superintendent Heinz Kuck has been an avid supporter of Victim Services Toronto raising money through canoe and dogsled treks among others. He is eager to participate in the B&O Yorkville Run this year with a goal of raising $2,000 for VST. All proceeds will go directly to Dandy and the trauma dog program.

“This exciting event is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work of Victim Services Toronto,” said Kuck. “And to highlight their innovation in bringing Toronto its first trauma dog program. I am happy to take part in Bang and Olufsen’s outstanding community and corporate event.  It brings together an entire city of sponsors and runners and makes a huge impact!  For me, it will be extra-special because I not only run for Dandy but with her.  Dandy will be my running partner from start to finish.  Spectators along the route get the opportunity to see her, and to witness the start of an outstanding victims advocacy program.”

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