VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Paws out. Wallets open. The annual Vancouver Police dog calendar is on sale and the money raised benefits the BC Cancer Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The calendar features adorable photos of the police pups in various situations.
The calendar was created a decade ago in honour of Constable Candy Anfield who passed away in 2004 following a battle with breast cancer. It was created by her husband, retired VPD Sergeant Mike Anfield, a one-time dog handler for the department.
“Since its inception in 2010, the calendar program has raised approximately $450,000 with $175,000 raised last year alone,” explains VPD Superintendent Steve Eely. “Proceeds raised for the BC Cancer Foundation go specifically to translational breast cancer research which is what impacted Cst. Anfield,” he says.
Cute alert! The 2020 @VPDCanine Calendar is on sale. It’s $15 and raises money for @bccancerfdn/@BCCHF. In 10 yrs. $450K has been raised for charity. Buy them online through @VanPoliceFnd, at 2120 Cambie/3585 Graveley, Community Policing Centres and on the Police Dog FB page. pic.twitter.com/r6SHxGkuHY
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) October 9, 2019
“The 2020 calendar has again surpassed our expectations. Last year was an amazing year and it was very humbling to see the outpouring of support from the public with regards to our four-legged friends and ourselves. We were able to provide an amazing amount of money to two charities and that blew us away,” says Constable Brian LeQuesne.
He says this year they made some changes. “[We] switched from the sort of ordinary look to a ‘What our dogs might do off-duty,’ which is always an adventure. Some of the shots took place on dry land, others took place while scaling rockfaces and some were in mountain streams. Each time our canine partner’s patience and abilities surprised us — it’s always easier to work with a dog when they’re happy.”
Where you can purchase the calendars at $15 each across the city:
- Online through the Vancouver Police Foundation
- VPD Public Information Counters at 3585 Graveley Street or 2120 Cambie Street
- Vancouver Police PMBA Store
- Vancouver Community Policing Centres
- Through the Vancouver Police Dog Calendar Facebook page
- Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply Stores – Vancouver locations