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Nottawasaga OPP welcomes new pup to Canine Unit

Finny is a search and rescue service dog
Finny is shown with OPP canine handler Sarah Hendrick.

The Nottawasaga detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is pleased to introduce Finny, a new search and rescue service dog partnered with canine handler Sarah Hendrick.

The OPP Canine Unit has been supporting front-line and specialized policing functions to keep Ontarians safe for more than 50 years. Handlers and their canines provide assistance with search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics, and searching for firearms, explosives and physical evidence.

This year marks the seventh year that the OPP Canine Unit has published calendars for sale, which feature 24 photos, with canines from around the province showcasing their specialty, location and role. July’s canine, six-year-old Kilo from London, is seen being lifted onto his handler’s shoulder using the carry method — a move that allows canines to be comfortably carried over dangerous grounds. In March you will meet five-year-old Mane from Orillia, an explosives detection canine who uses his keen sense of smell to identify an explosive device under a vehicle during a training exercise. Finally, prepare to get on the water with August’s model, seven-year-old Dance from Sault Ste. Marie.

All proceeds from the 2023 OPP Canine Unit calendar go to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of the OPP Museum. The charities thank everyone for their generosity as last year’s calendar sales raised more than $42,900 for these worthy causes. Each calendar costs $15 and can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shop at

The OPP Youth Foundation provides funds to disadvantaged youth throughout the province of Ontario. The Friends of the OPP Museum is a volunteer-based charitable organization that supports, promotes and assists in the preservation of the history of the OPP. For more information, visit and