Our Mission: To provide financial assistance for the medical care of Retired Working K-9s.
MARK-9 is a Nonprofit organization set up to assist handlers with the financial needs of medical care for their retired K-9 Partner. When working K-9s retire they often live with their partner and the family. Very few departments have a program in place to care for the medical needs of these K-9s during retirement. All costs associated with the K-9’s is the responsibility of the Officer and his/her family.
The goal of MARK-9 Medical Assistance for Retired K-9’s is to provide financial assistance for the medical care retired working dogs. As K-9s retire due to medical issues or age. Many handlers are inundated with sky rocketing veterinarian care, whether it be annual wellness care, an unexpected illness, or a medical emergency.
We are a 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Alexis Newman, DVM, CVPP, EMT
Dr. Alexis Newman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1998. Following veterinary school, she completed a Surgical and Emergency Internship at California Animal Hospital, in West Los Angeles. Dr. Newman has a special interest in police and working K-9s. She has worked with them for many years and understands the needs of the K-9, the handler, and police departments. Her passion of working with police dogs and their handlers, led to starting Partners and Paws Veterinary Services. Dr. Newman also works with sporting groups, rescue groups and ‘civilian’ dogs and cats. In addition to treating working dogs, Dr. Newman’s special interests include trauma, soft tissue surgery and pain management. She completed her certification from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and, becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) in Illinois. Dr. Newman has written also written a veterinary health column for the Police K-9 magazine since 2012, which is well known among K-9 handlers. She speaks regularly to local police and other K-9 groups as well as conducts first-aid classes for first responders.
Matthew S. Bonnie
Mr. Bonnie is currently the Vice President of Board of Directors for Mark-9, Medical Assistance for Retired K9’s. Mr. Bonnie is a veteran law enforcement officer who is currently assigned as a K9 Handler. Mr. Bonnie devotes his time being a full time K9 Handler, and an integral member of Mark-9. Mr. Bonnie has brought his knowledge of owning a business, and his ability to run successful charity events to Mark-9.
John Allen is currently holds several Position’s on the Romeoville Police Dept. He is k9 / Evidence Technician and a Juvenile Officer. John volunteers for vested interest in k9’s organization which raises money to vest police/military k9’s in the U.S. John is Vice- President of Romeoville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #19 as well as a board a board member of ILLECA (Illinois Law Enforcement Canine Association). John has been is law enforcement for 19 years and is very committed to the advancement of all K9 and public endeavors he has taken on.
Krissy O’Hara currently serves as the MARK-9 Event Coordinator.
She is the wife of a Bolingbrook police officer and donates her time to MARK-9 events and other fundraising efforts for police organizations.
She shares her house with Bolingbrook K9 “Johan”, and two other dogs, Paulie and Moose.
Tara Poremba has been with the Chicago Police Department for 22 years. As a K9 officer since 2008, she spent the last 9 years with K9 “Brix” (specializing in Narcotics, Patrol, and Cadaver), and has just finished training her second K9, “Chase” (specializing in Narcotics and Patrol). She has been serving as a K9 Trainer since successfully attending and completing K9 Trainer’s School at Vohne Liche Kennels in 2013. Tara also serves as a State of Illinois, NRA, and FBI-certified firearms instructor teaching concealed carry and other basic and advanced shooting classes with Top Shot Academy.
Frank Kruchten has been with the United States Marshals Service for 16 years. As a K9 Handler since 2010, he spent the last 6 years with K9 “Seamus”, a single purpose explosives detection K9. Seamus retired in June of 2016 due to a medical condition and is now a MARK-9 recipient. After attending a 10 week K9 academy in Front Royal, Virginia, Frank now has a new partner K9 “Hope” and has been working since June 2016.