DePaul participates in K9s for Cops campaign

Rachel Marciano
July 26, 2017

Hoops, DePaul's University contribution to the K9s for Cops campaign

Hoops, DePaul University's contribution to the K9s for Cops campaign benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and PAWS Chicago, will stand guard at 12 S. Michigan until Sept. 4. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

Walking down Michigan Avenue this summer, you may notice a new furry friend representing the Blue Demons. Standing 54 inches tall and donning a DePaul University basketball jersey, Hoops is a blue-painted German Shepard statue and DePaul's contribution to the public art campaign, K9s for Cops. Hoops sits at 12 S. Michigan, and will be on display with more than 100 other canine statues from July 24 to Sept. 4.

Today, about 70 canines work with the Chicago Police Department every day. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation launched K9s for Cops to honor Chicago's two- and four-legged officers. Established in 2004, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit that provides support to the families of officers killed or permanently injured in the line of duty.

Following the campaign, the statues will be auctioned off and part of the proceeds also will benefit PAWS Chicago. In addition to adoption opportunities, the no-kill animal shelter provides underserved communities with free spay/neuter services and medical care for their pets.

For more information about the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the K9s for Cops campaign, visit the foundation's website.