Thanks to a donation from Vested Interest, a charitable non-profit, Washington County K-9 officer Dzamal has a bullet and stab protective vest. The new armor is embroidered with “Gifted …
Thanks to a donation from Vested Interest, a charitable non-profit, Washington County K-9 officer Dzamal has a bullet and stab protective vest. The new armor is embroidered with “Gifted by Hasday”. His handler is officer Nolan Burke.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest has provided more than 4,381 vests to K9s in all 50 states, a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K-9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest is valued between $1,744 and $2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.