Homeless to Hero Program

The Southern Tier Police Canine Association's Homeless to Hero program works with local animal shelters to locate dogs that have working potential and give them the training they need to serve our communities.  Trainers from the STPCA locate these canines, then test to see if the have the ability to perform as a working dog.  The canine then lives and trains with one of the STPCA's trainers.   Once the dog is trained and able to pass certification it will be donated to a police department, fire department, or search and rescue organization.  The STPCA then offers a free handler school, where the new handler learns who to properly work with the canine and pass an independent certification as a team.  A large number of the rescues are done in partnership with the Kramer Foundation.  The STPCA has a long history of training rescue dogs to serve as police dogs but with the increasing need for police dogs and the overwhelming number of dogs in shelters we are focusing on expanding our Homeless to Hero program.  If you know of a dog with working potential in need of a home please email us.  If you know of a department in need of a canine please have them apply for one through our grant page.

Homeless to Hero

Rescue  Train  Serve

Current Dogs in Training


Ace, formerly know as Draxx, was located as a stray Philadelphia, PA.  He is an approximately 3 year old Shepherd mix.  When the STPCA picked him up, he had only 5 hours left before the shelter was going to euthanize him for being "destructive in the kennel".  Ace is now fully trained and certified as an explosives detection canine.   He is currently has completed rehab after undergoing a total hip replacement and is awaiting the perfect job and handler.


K-9 Mag was rescued from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.  She was originally taken in as a stray.  She was then adopted and returned twice.  We have just completed her narcotics detection and tracking training.  She has been donated to the Owego Police Department and and has began her basic handler's school with us.  

Some STPCA Previously Rescued K-9s


Phone: (607) 343-1487

Email: thestpca@gmail.com

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