Paws Up - Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund

In the summer of 2013, Durham Police Dog Support Unit implemented a Benevolent fund to support our working dogs who have retired since the launch of the scheme.

A kind of pension fund for them really, as historically there was no provision to assist with the day to day costs of looking after the animals after they put their ‘paws up'.


It is the responsibility of the handler or new owner to cover general costs and often considerable vets bills etc.

The scheme forms part of the ‘Durham Agency Against Crime’ (DAAC) registered charity.

All our dogs, upon retiring, are either kept by their handler or kindly re homed by generous members of the public, friends, family and colleagues  This is normally at about the age of 8 -10 years.

Until this point, all costs are borne by the constabulary

Our vision was to establish PawsUp as being financially stable enough to help with the costly associated expenses of re-homing an older dog, for example- insurance, food, toys, bedding, micro-chip transfer, neutering.


This was a long time in the making and after a lot of hard work, we  launched the scheme to the public, with an official open day and display in June 2013, which proved a tremendous success.


This was a huge 'first' for the North East of England, and we are still currently the only force in this region of the UK with such a scheme.

However, since its inception, we are delighted to know that many other forces are running similar projects.

Our Police dogs provide a tremendous service to our communities for the best part of their working lives and we want to provide the best possible life for them for their retirement.

 To find out more, click on the paw!