Pawfficer Donut lends a paw to charitable causes in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 27, 2019

 Pawfficer Donut pulls the morning shift at the Troy Police Department Coffee with a Cop at the Starbucks at 6908 Rochester Road Nov. 9.

Pawfficer Donut pulls the morning shift at the Troy Police Department Coffee with a Cop at the Starbucks at 6908 Rochester Road Nov. 9.

File photo by Terry Oparka

TROY — Pawfficer Donut has been on the job for the Troy Police Feline Unit for nearly a year.

The police cat’s performance evaluation was so paws-itive, she’s being reassigned.

In recognition of her star power, the sole member of the Troy Police Feline Unit was transferred to the Troy police community services section.

“We were looking for more opportunities for the public to meet her (Pawfficer Donut) and to promote good causes,” said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

An upcoming event, Yoga with Pawfficer Donut, slated for Explore Yoga in Troy on April 20, has already sold out.

Proceeds from the event will support Haven, a domestic violence shelter in Oakland County.

“Explore Yoga was contacted by the Troy Police Department a few months ago wondering if we’d like to partner with them to raise money for Haven during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month,” Amy Satterfield, owner of Explore Yoga, said via email. “One of our core values at Explore is helping others and contributing to the community as often as we can, so it seemed a natural fit to partner up with the Police Department for this very special cause.”

Pawfficer Donut visited Haven a couple of weeks ago because the staff wanted to meet her and wanted to give Troy police officers a tour of the center and all that it offers, said Blanca Fauble, the director of development for Haven.

According to its website, Haven provides services to over 30,000 survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence annually.

“We’re always trying to invite law enforcement in to see what we have here, so they can share our services,” Fauble said. “We’re here and offer a variety of services, all free.”

She noted that those who wish to support Haven may participate in a day of action during the week of April 8-12, when groups volunteer for a day. To schedule a time, contact Aly Prussing at aprussing@haven-oakland.org.

When not on the job, Pawfficer Donut lives with a dispatch staff member, who has two other cats in her home.

The Troy Police Department is active on Facebook and Twitter. Last spring, police said they would add the Feline Unit if 10,000 people followed them on Twitter  — and they hit that number. It now has 16,800 followers.

After the first feline chosen for the job couldn’t fulfill her duties due to health reasons, Pawfficer Donut was selected.

Pawfficer Donut attended the Troy Police Department Coffee with a Cop event Nov. 9, and has visited a number of schools and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Troy, as part of her duties.

She is scheduled to be a part of the Michigan Humane Society Purrfect Bow-Wow Brunch, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, at Cobo Center April 28.

For information on upcoming events or the Feline Unit, follow Troy police on Twitter and Facebook.

For information on Haven, visit www.haven-oakland.org.