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Brookings Police Department helping shelter animals find forever homes

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO)-- It's not unusual to see a police officer with a dog. 

But in this case, they're not fighting crime together. 

It's time for Chevy's closeup. 

The 9-month-old is living at the Brookings Regional Humane Society.

But a photoshoot on Thursday with a Brookings police officer could soon change that. 

Patrol Officer Jorrie Hart came up with the idea. 

"It combines two of my passions: law enforcement and animals," Brookings Patrol Officer Jorrie Hart said. 

The pictures will be posted on the Brookings Police Department's Facebook page for Fur Friday. 

"We have an officer, an employee, a dispatcher featured each week with one of the animals at the Brookings Regional Humane Society," Hart said. 

A different dog, cat, or small animal is chosen each week. 

The program is working. The shelter has already seen animals adopted because of Fur Fridays. 

"People have been so excited to see the police officers as people and it's been fun to have them come in here and play with the animals. We've had a lot of requests for like a police officer/animal calendar, so people have just really enjoyed the collaboration," Brookings Regional Humane Society Executive Director Maia Moore said. 

"It's a way for the police department to get more involved in the community," Hart.

...and a way for animals, including Chevy, to find forever homes. 

You can see the photos each Friday morning by heading to the Brookings Police Department's Facebook page. 

There are other ways you can help the shelter besides adoption. 

Moore says the Humane Society is always in need of bleach and foster homes for animals. 

You can find the full wish list here. 

 


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