RCMP announces 2024 Name the Puppy Contest winners

April 25, 2024
Innisfail, Alberta

News release


Two German shepherd puppies on grass. One is sable and one is black and tan.
A group of four German Shepherd puppies lean against a fence. Two are black and tan and two are sable.
Two German shepherd puppies on grass. One is sable and one is black and tan.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 Name the Puppy contest.

The contest launched on February 22, and invited kids across Canada to send their name suggestions for the first 13 puppies born at the Police Dog Services Training Centre (PDSTC) in 2024.

This year, all names had to start with the letter "T". There were over 6,000 online entries! After a review of all the names, we are pleased to announce this year's terrific winning entries:

  • Tank - Scarlet Fitzgerald (Whitehorse, Yukon)
  • Trooper - Owen Hawco (Colliers, Newfoundland & Labrador)
  • Theo - Odin Arnold (Village Green, Prince Edward Island)
  • Thor - Sloane Neufeld (The Pas, Manitoba)
  • Tess - Tate Jackson Burke (Wheatland County, Alberta)
  • Tia - Olivia Lacasse (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Teddy - Vance Kress (Odessa, Saskatchewan)
  • Tuktu - Grace Britton (Resolute Bay, Nunavut)
  • Tilly - Edie Venne (Hay River, Northwest Territories)
  • Tori - Wayne Eluik (Sparwood, British Columbia)
  • Tucker - Breah Voegeli (Falmouth, Nova Scotia)
  • Turbo - Forrest Woodrow (Sioux Lookout, Ontario)
  • Tula - Ethan Johnston (Berwick, New Brunswick)

Each of the 13 winners - one from each province and territory - will receive a laminated 8×10-inch photo of the pup they named, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.

While there can only be 13 winners, names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year. For entries of the same name, a draw determined the winner.

For those who want a head start thinking of names for next year's contest, all names in 2025 must start with the letter "A".

"Spring is always an exciting time. Not only is the snow melting, but it is also when we host the annual Name the Puppy Contest! It is such a pleasure to read the entries and match the winning names to puppies. From all of us at PDSTC, we'd like to congratulate all winners and thank all participants for taking part in this year's contest. We appreciate your creativity and involvement to help us name future police service dogs of the RCMP."

Staff Sergeant Stephen Pike, Acting Officer in Charge of RCMP Police Dog Services


Contact information

S/Sgt. Stephen Pike (acting Officer in Charge)
RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
puppy-chiot@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tel: 403-227-3346

About RCMP Police Dog Services

RCMP police service dog teams are an important part of frontline policing. They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives, and search for evidence used in crimes.

About the Police Dog Service Training Centre

The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alberta, is the training centre for all RCMP police dog teams in Canada. All the German shepherds working today as RCMP service dogs were born at the PDSTC as part of the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program.

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