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Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund

The Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation was created to support our four legged officers and their handlers in the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The wildlife canine teams in Ohio serve a unique purpose in promoting and preserving wildlife.

The Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund will financially assist the canine teams with purchases of equipment and/or canines as needed. The Fund will ensure these unique teams are provided with the very best care and support available. These wildlife canine teams provide a great avenue to teach consumptive and non-consumptive users alike about the importance of wildlife conservation including public relations, law enforcement activities and deterring potential violators. The unique canine teams are trained and certified to detect wildlife, gunpowder, and ginseng; additionally, canine teams are certified in tracking, building and area searches, as well as article searches. Some of the canine teams are also trained in handler protection. 

Horace Karr

The Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund was formed in loving memory and in dedication to the legacy of Mr. Horace Karr and his son-in-law, Dr. Erik Aanestad.

Mr. Karr was an avid sportsman and dedicated conservationist; he dedicated most of his life to protecting and conserving wildlife in the state of Ohio by serving for more than 35 years on the Ohio Wildlife Council.

Dr. Erik Aanestad, an avid sportsman and conservationist, dedicated his professional life to the health and welfare of animals. Dr. Aanestad practiced veterinary medicine in Athens, Ohio, and through his profession was able to bring much joy and happiness to people and their animals alike. Man’s best friend always held a special place in Dr. Aanestad’s heart. 

Dr. Erik Aanestad

These two men left a long legacy and imprint on people that will be remembered for years to come. As part of this legacy, the families of Mr. Karr and Dr. Aanestad could not think of a better tribute to them than creating a fund encompassing both men’s passions.

Although gone from this world, the Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund will forever keep their memories and passions alive. The hope for this Fund is that in every contact these wildlife K9 teams make, whether protecting our natural resources or educating future generations, that a part of these men’s legacies will live on forever.

Gifts to the Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. Donations can be made online by designating the Karr-Aanestad K9 Foundation Fund when donating. To mail your donation, please designate the fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.