K9 Con Receives Life Saving Gear
The Geary Police Department’s K9 Con has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and the Clyde J. Albright Fund which provided $2,500. The donations will provide 2 vests, and the recipients are K9 Con of the Geary Police Department and K9 Terry of the Comanche Police Department. The vests are embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by the Clyde J. Albright Fund”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA 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. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1346 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their 7” plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero, "Cesar", and company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. now available online for a $15.00 donation at www.vik9s.org.Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or the website:www.vik9s.org.