“Social media helps dog from Lorain County with special talent find a furever home with a North Carolina Police Department in need of a K-9 officer.”

January 13, 2017 - - Multiple Breed Rescue (MBR) utilizes a network of social media sites along with web and print advertising to help find the best possible home for rescued dogs. For “Maya,” and a Police Department in North Carolina, this network helped create the perfect match.

A local family had purchased Maya, a Belgian Malinios (similar in appearance to a German Shepherd), as a puppy from a breeder. After having Maya for two years, they contacted MBR when they realized they were not equipped to train and care for her properly. A volunteer was sent to visit with the family and assess the situation. Maya was surrendered and placed in a qualified foster home. 

MBR contacted Mel McGrath from Paramount Dog Training for a professional assessment. He advised she was very well balanced as she demonstrated her willingness to guard her handler while also being friendly and sociable. The foster family began obedience training and discovered that Maya. was very toy driven, a quality akin to police K-9 training. "Hide and seek" was incorporated into her training as she also discovered how to use her nose to find her toy.

A police department in Warsaw, North Carolina saw the post on Facebook about this extraordinary dog.  They had recently been forced to retire their narcotics K-9 due to a neurological disorder. Officer Kennedy contacted MBR regarding Maya and after discussions with the foster family, sharing videos of Maya and hearing Mel’s assessment, Officer Kennedy has decided to assess Maya himself and will likely take her back to become a member of the Warsaw, NC Police Department.

Officer Kennedy will arrive on Saturday, January 14, to meet Maya at Paramount Dog Training, 10609 Briggs Rd., Cleveland at 12pm. MBR will be waiving her adoption fee as well as raising funds to supply Maya with a custom vest for her safety.

MBR's mission is to educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering, pet overpopulation, proper care for animals and to assist animals in need.  Their focus is on animals that are often overlooked.  MBR is committed to assisting the forgotten, neglected and abused animals in Ohio. For More information, Please contact Lauren at 440-666-4839.