The Belchertown Police Department’s K9 unit is funded entirely by donations.
Back in December, 22News introduced you to Thea, Apache and Officer Adam Brougham. They make up the Belchertown Police K-9 Unit, a completely donation driven department.
In December, Greenfield Savings Bank contacted Brougham to let him know that a secret Santa had agreed to match up to $5,000 in donations but set a January 31 deadline, which they met.
“We had a lot,” Brougham told 22News. “I had a manila folder that was just full of copies. I was completely overwhelmed. We had $500 in checks that came in just Tuesday alone that just pushed us over the top.”
They raised $5,200, which became more than $10,000 with the secret Santa match.
“It was really overwhelming to see, especially where some of these checks came from,” Brougham said. “I had people that sent funds from Texas, from California.”
They were touched their little department had made such a big impression.
“We’re a small department here,” Brougham said. “We do things a little differently from other people, but it’s nice to see that people recognize that and said hey, it’s Belchertown Mass., but we’re going to help them out.”
Theo, Apache and Officer Brougham specialize in finding missing people and sniffing out explosives. The money will help pay veterinary bills, expenses, and training. The secret Santa still wishes to remain anonymous, but they have a message for whoever it is.
“This is really about the dogs, and I am so happy that they were able to come forward,” Brougham said. “They’re going to keep us running for quite a while. Just thank you so much.”
The Belchertown Police K9 Unit has been coming through for the town since 2008, and this time around, a secret Santa has come through for them.