Pawfficer Donut’s role is to raise awareness about animal adoptions and rescues. She will also be featured on the department’s social media pages and interact with the community.
In addition to the time spent at the station, Pawfficer Donut will live at another officer’s home who already has two cats.
Another cat, Badges, was initially selected for service but tested positive for feline leukemia, according to the Michigan Humane Society.
"We were very sad to learn today that our police cat candidate has developed a serious medical condition that is transmittable to other cats," Troy police said in a tweet. "(Badges) will always be our first 'pawfficer' and have a special place in our hearts."
The department is selling merchandise from its cat unit with proceeds benefiting the Michigan Humane Society.