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K-9 JAX Needs Hip Surgery!

K-9 JAX is a handsome 2.5 year old Sable German Shepherd Dog. He is a fully trained police dog and was working with his canine handler Police Officer Tim of the Somerville MA Police Department. P.O. Tim and Jax earned the following certifications from the Boston Police:
  • 1/7/2015, they were awarded Certification for Patrol K-9 Team
  • 1/9/2015, they successfully completed 560 hours of the Police Canine Handlers Course
  • 9/11/2015, they successfully completed 240 hours of Narcotic Detection K-9 Handlers Course

    This past August, Jax jumped up and yelped while training. He held his left rear leg up and was running on three legs. P.O. Tim took Jax to the vet. X-rays were ordered.

    On 9/4/15 Jax was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. His veterinarian has serious concern that the hip dysplasia will affect Jax’ performance and ability to work in the future as it will lead to early degenerative joint disease and progressive lameness issue.

    Jax was forced to retire from the SPD. He is without a job and has bad hips.

    On 11/15/15, German Shepherd Resource and Rescue Center (GSR&RC) took Jax into our Rehome Program but we had to find a unique foster home to care for him. Because of his training, Jax is not a GSD for your average pet foster home. He needed a foster with experience handling a fully trained police K-9.

    We found one!

    Police Officer Danny, his wife Suzanne and son Reese are currently fostering Jax. P.O. Danny is an active K-9 handler, a perfect foster home for Jax! Danny is keeping Jax’ skills sharp by doing scent work and other light duty activities.

    Jax is young and in great shape which makes him an excellent candidate for hip replacement surgery. The goal of the surgery is to return Jax to pain free mechanically sound normal hip function. Medical and technological advances have made this surgery highly successful. Research indicates that 95% of the hips that have been replaced return to normal function or near normal function1. Working dogs that have had this surgery have returned to full activity.

    We are estimating that the hip replacement surgery could cost upwards of $8000. This cost estimate includes:

    • examinations,
    • laboratory work,
    • x-rays,
    • hospitalization fees,
    • antibiotics and other prescription medications,
    • anesthesia,
    • surgical fees,
    • physical therapy, and
    • follow-up evaluations.

    Postoperative care includes crate or small room confinement and restricted activity level for the first month. Only bathroom breaks and short walks are allowed and stairs and slippery floors must be avoided. Similar restrictions apply for the second month but longer walks are allowed. No running jumping or playing allowed in the first 2 months after surgery. Jax can go back to full activity after the second month. Follow up x-rays are needed after the third month and annually thereafter.

    Note 1: Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

    Help Us Get K-9 JAX Get Back to Work!

    Donate Here!


    GSR&RC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping and rehoming GSDs in need.

    Our EIN is 26-4532560. We are staffed entirely by volunteers. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    If you prefer to send a check, our address is:

    GSR&RC, Inc.
    P.O. Box 210
    Nahant MA 01908

    Come to the K-9 JAX Fundraiser!

    February 27, 2016

    7 pm to 10 pm 

    Somerville City Club
    20 Innerbelt Road
    Somerville, MA 02143

    $20 per person

    K-9 Jax will be there with his Foster Family!

    Purchase tickets here using PayPal!

    If you prefer to purchase by check, our address is:

    GSR&RC, Inc.
    P.O. Box 210
    Nahant MA 01908

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    We would greatly appreciate items for our raffles and door prizes. Gift items, gift certificates/cards for local restaurants and services are always a great draw!

    We are also looking for local eateries to donate snacks and refreshments for the event. Businesses will be listed as sponsors on the GSR&RC website and Facebook page and in our email blasts!

    Here's  Our Donation Form 

    Contact us with questions or for additional information:


    Call: 617-901-4237

    Our NEW address
    and fax number!

    GSR&RC, INC.
    P.O. BOX 210
    NAHANT, MA 01908
    Fax: 617 249 1555

    Our Featured Freud! 

    Freud is a wonderful guy just looking for the right family to call his own. The K9Edge is offering free training classes to Freud and his new family! 

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