Cape Girardeau Police Department K9 Yuki, Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office K9s awarded protective vests
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau Police Department’s K9 Yuki and Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office K9 Dax have been awarded bullet and stab protective vests.
The vest is a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Cape Girardeau Police Department K9 Yuki’s vest is sponsored by Leah Beale of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Leah A. Beale.”
Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office K9 Dax is sponsored by Mary Jane Carson of Gates Mills, Ohio. It will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”
Delivery of the vests is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was established in 2009. It 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.
Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,789 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million which was made possible by private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s 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. A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 pounds, and comes with a five-year warranty.
For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at vik9s.org. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.