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A new program at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office allowed a local foster dog named Decker a chance to be a “K-9 for a Day.”

The sheriff’s office has partnered with local non-profit Furever Home, Inc. to help get the word out about adoptable dogs, like Decker, by making them an honorary deputy for a day to hopefully help find the dogs a forever home.

“The LaVista Police Department has been doing the program for a few years, and what they do is take and adoptable dog from the Nebraska Humane Society and take them out into the community, to city hall and places like that, just to get some exposure for the dog,” Deputy Brie Frank said. “So we really wanted to do that in our community.”

According to Frank, along with the K-9 for a Day program raising awareness about dogs available for adoption locally it also boosted morale at the office on Friday.

“This is our first time doing it and we are hoping to do it at least once a month and hopefully get some dogs adopted,” she said. “It also boosts morale around the office on a Friday afternoon when you bring in a dog for everybody to pet.”

At the inaugural event, Decker who is a one-and-a-half year old Pointer mix got to put on a badge just like the other deputies and spent the afternoon meeting people around the community.

Deputy Decker made his first stop at the Dodge County Attorney’s Office where he met County Attorney Oliver Glass and his entire staff.

“They really wanted to meet Decker,” Frank said “We will also go over to our dispatch center and we are going out to Cost Cutters in Fremont as well. The owner for that is awesome with us, and does a lot of non-profit work with us, so he is going to let us show Decker around to his stylists and hopefully members of the public that are there.”

According to Deb Steenblock-George, executive director at Furever Home, Inc., Decker came to Fremont from a shelter in San Angelo, Texas last September.

“He was one of the Hurricane Harvey dogs that came up from Texas and he is still available for adoption,” she said.

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Unfortunately for large, and medium sized dogs like Decker the adoption process usually takes a little longer than small dogs.

“The bigger dogs are always a little slower to adopt, and we are a little pickier as to where they go too,” Steenblock-George said.

Along with taking Decker out into the community to meet people, Furever Home, Inc. and DCSO both heavily promoted him on both of their social media platforms throughout the day on Friday.

“A lot of times there are people looking for dogs, but they may not know where to look,” Frank said. “So if we can help facilitate that we are more than happy to do so.”

Those who may be interested in adopting Decker, or other dogs at Furever Home, Inc. can contact the non-profit organization at 402-979-8800 or on its Facebook page. They can also contact Dodge County Sheriff’s office by phone at 402-727-2702 or on Facebook.

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