Mary Jane Meng

Mary Jane Meng was a quintessential sponsor of Capital K9s!

Mary Jane deeply appreciated the characteristics and quality of life in Madison both during her tenure as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and after her retirement. She also loved dogs. In fact, even at 82 years old, a golden retriever remained her companion. She was passionate about the importance of a good police force to the health of the city, and she was an admirer of Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.

Shortly before she passed away in 2006, Mary Jane Meng wrote a check for $100,000 to Capital K9s to make the purchase of a fourth police dog (K9 Ivan!) possible and to better equip the still newly-formed K9 Unit. Displaying her kindhearted sense of humor, when she presented the check she also handed then-Police Chief Noble Wray $5 and said, “For the dog license for your new dog.”

Capital K9s was almost unable to tell you about Mary Jane and her incredible generosity because she was reluctant to let us publicize her donation. She told Carol Grob, who was then the president of Capital K9s, “You can use my name if you tell them my donation was made to encourage others to give to Capital K9s.”

Capital K9s and the Madison Police Department K9 Unit would not be what it is today without the generosity of Mary Jane Meng and donors she inspired.