The Spirit of the Holiday

Friday December 22, 2017
K9 Officer Rudy of the Annapolis Police Department

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We become fixated on that never-ending shopping list and are dazed by the extravagant light displays. In the mist of it all it’s important to receive those humbling reminders that make you stop and smell the gingerbread.

Project-GO, VOSM’s nonprofit partner, reached out to Lt. Kelly Ruth, the handler of K9 Officer Rudy–not to be mistaken with the red-nose reindeer–of the Annapolis Police Department. Rudy started coming up lame several months ago and was diagnosed with a CCL tear. Within the last several days the injury has become severe, and Dr. Sherman Canapp, Project-GO’s founder, agreed to take on Rudy’s case and preform the surgery pro bono next week.

A lot of time and money go into training working K9s, however, only minimal funding is available if/when they require medical attention. Project-GO doesn’t want to see these animal’s career’s end early for a treatable issue. Rudy was taught to sniff out explosives and accelerant, a job that bares tremendous responsibility for both himself and his handler. 

Project-GO’s mission is simple: people helping animals helping people. The 501c3 organization provides funding for cutting-edge clinical care to injured animals worldwide via: orthopedic and neurological services, education and training of veterinary healthcare professionals, injury prevention coaching, and cultivation of lifesaving breakthroughs.

Post TPLO surgery with Dr. Canapp, Project-GO will provide funding for rehabilitation therapy, so Rudy can return to full function and work. A Christmas miracle couldn't have come at a better time for the Annapolis Police Department, and VOSM couldn’t have gotten a better reminder of what the holiday spirit is all about.


Visit to learn more and make a donation.