The Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc. was founded to acquire the historic pet cemetery in Cedar Hill, Texas. The corporation is dedicated to providing the dignity of a final resting place for pets and maintain that place in perpetuity. Our goal is to educate the public and pay tribute to those brave and loyal animals who have given so much to our families, community and country. CHPMP has an advocacy program, Shadow Fund, to assist K9 handlers with the healthcare cost of their retired K9s.
We were recently approached by Detective Martinez from the Grand Prairie Police department for assistance. Rocco his former Partner/Friend/Son was having major medical issues.
Rocco a Belgian Malinois was born Sept 11, 2007 in Belgium and was bought by Kasseberg K9s in Alabama to be trained as a working dog. In Feb of 2009 he was purchased by Grand Prairie PD and Detective Martinez was sent to Alabama for two months to train with him. When they returned to Grand Prairie, Rocco had certifications in both apprehension and narcotics detection. Rocco served for six years with Detective Martinez and the Grand Prairie PK but had to retire early due to a reoccurring leg injury. In Jan of 2015 he was retired and has been enjoying life ever since.
Detective Martinez heard about our organization and reached out to us for assistance. Rocco had initially been diagnosed with a Hernia, during that surgery he aspirated which lead to a X-Ray. The X-Ray showed that he had a large mass in his chest. Once healed from the first surgery the second surgery was scheduled to remove the larger tumor as well as smaller masses which had also been detected.
When learning the price of that next surgery he reached out to the Cedar Hill Pet Cemetery Project's Shadow Fund for assistance. After reviewing and discussing his application he was approved for some financial assistance. On July 10th Rocco had his surgery. He came home days later, and good news was gotten after testing. The 2nd mass was not cancerous, but a result of pneumonia. The 1st mass was cancerous, but was contained and fully removed. They do not expect it to return.
Rocco is on the road to a full recovery and we could not be happier for him and his family. Please see the photo collage of Rocco above.
He served us well while on duty and it was our privilege to be able to assist with his medical care.
Please remember the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project and its Shadow Fund when make your North Texas Giving Day Selections!