We wanted to update our loyal friends and supporters about the work and remarkable activities taking place at the Jimmy Ryce Center. This has been a very busy year for us. Law enforcement agencies from all over the country have been contacting us to donate bloodhound pups to them.
Two of our pups went to the Tuscaloosa County (AL) Sheriff, another went to the Wellesley (MA) Police Department. Two more bloodhounds went to the Brevard County (FL) Sheriff, while the Florida State Hospital in Tallahassee received a bloodhound pup.
We weren’t finished there – we donated “Tank” to the Osceola County (FL) Sheriff. Then, to our surprise, the Osceola sheriff in turn donated $3000 to the Jimmy Ryce Center.
Last month, a family in Wellesley (MA) donated $1000 as a means of teaching their teenage daughter about “community involvement.” These donations allow us to purchase even more pups for other agencies.
Our breeder has two bloodhounds getting ready to fly to Germany, where they will team up with another of our bloodhounds donated several years ago. Two more bloodhounds have been promised to a Search & Rescue team in Africa. In addition to the Search & Rescue efforts, the dogs will be used to track down poachers who are killing Rhinos and Elephants for their ivory horns. Germany & Africa are paying for the bloodhounds directly to the breeder.
We have a few other agencies waiting for bloodhound puppies, the next litter is expected in the next few weeks. However, we have recently been contacted by AKC bloodhound breeders who want to “donate” bloodhound pups to us.
Since our inception, The Jimmy Ryce Center has donated over 450 bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies around the US. Every bloodhound costs us $1000, so donations are vital to our continued success.
That’s why we are reaching out to you….We need more bloodhounds to help find missing children and adults. If you can afford even $5 or $10, that is a big step toward helping pay for additional bloodhounds. 100% of every dollar donated goes to purchase bloodhounds. None of us at the Jimmy Ryce Center receive any monetary payments – instead the thanks from agencies is pay enough.
We have posted pictures and videos on our Facebook pages from some of the agencies and their bloodhounds. But one comment from Sgt. Alex Mills of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff said it all:
“No, thank all of you for all that you do for law enforcement and crimes against children. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is very grateful for the donation. I have already reached out to the Department of Corrections and will also be doing additional training with them”
We know he speaks for all the agencies out there.
Don, Ted, Mark and Terri
“A bloodhound has 60 times the scent power of a German shepherd and is the only dog that can follow a human trail more than a few hours old. A bloodhound is your best single bet for bringing a child, abducted by a predator, home, alive. We believe that Jimmy would be alive today if a bloodhound had immediately been brought in to search for our son.”
Don and Claudine Ryce