You bet there is!

And we’re celebrating National Puppy Day by saying Thank You to these hard-working K9 officers (who eventually grew up to be great protectors)!

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation awards grants to police and fire departments throughout the U.S. with a particular emphasis on support for K-9 units and service dogs.

The majority of the grants distributed will help K-9 units to purchase dogs and dog safety vests, but other types of K-9 related needs are considered. In fact, not only has Ben’s foundation been awarding grants for the purchase of the dogs themselves, but also for the purchase of equipment, training, and even veterinary bills since 2006.

Ben also strives to support Make-A-Wish and his foundation has distributed in excess of $1.2 million.

You can learn more about The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and make a donation here.

For more information on the grant process, contact Jessica Duffaut at The Giving Back Fund (

You can support future K-9 grants and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (, using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to his foundation.

Photo credits: Montgomery County (MD) Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Boston Police Department, John Kozowyk, and