Leah Tornabene had no idea when she sat down with her son to watch an episode of Live PD a few years ago that their lives were about to change forever.
Brady Snakovsky, an 8-year-old aspiring police officer, noticed something was wrong as the couple watched the drama unfold as police, K9, and the criminals came face to face. Despite the fact that all of the handlers wore protective gear, their K9 counterparts appeared to be unprotected. This didn’t make sense to Brady, who wanted to take action right away.
With the help and support of his mother, Brady created a GoFundMe page to raise money from friends, families, and animal lovers in the hopes of making a difference.
Brady quickly met his first goal and was able to purchase four vests, all of which were donated to the brave pooches of the Ohio state trooper police department, thanks to the generosity of a few kind people.
He wasn’t satisfied with that, so he started attending community events to fundraise and raise awareness, and he even wrote to several members of Congress to ask for their help.
Soon after, the Brady K9 Fund was created, a non-profit dedicated to providing police K9s with the safety and security they deserve.
Over $315,000 was raised, and nearly 300 dogs (including some military pooches serving in Afghanistan!) received vests. It is fair to assume that the company is performing admirably.
Leah went on to claim that most people are unaware that police departments depend on donations to fund their K9 teams, so every dollar counts – making Brady’s hundreds of thousands of dollars all the more remarkable. As you can imagine, his mum is extremely proud of him. She said:
“I was quite surprised that a child at age eight could recognize that there was an issue and that he could find a solution to fix that problem. It made me very proud to see him doing this.
And if you think Brady is incredible, you’re right; the fearless 10-year-old also helped to establish a dog park in his hometown of Brunswick that is closed one day a week to allow police dogs and their handlers to train.
Brady, unsurprisingly, wants to be a police officer when he grows up, and while it’s early days, we think this little hero might be just the man for the job when it comes to serving and protecting the community!
Years before he can become one, he is already protecting hundreds of dogs and says he wants to assist as many police dogs as possible in the near future.
Above all else, Brady’s story shows us the lengths some people are willing to go to in order to protect dogs from harm and show their love. It’s a truly inspiring story; well done, Brady!