K9 Yankee receives bullet proof protective vest through efforts from Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that Cass County Sheriff's Office K9 Yankee and handler Deputy Bill Conner have received a protective bullet and stab proof vest through fundraising efforts from Vested Interest In K9s Inc. Sheriff Burch stat...
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that Cass County Sheriff's Office K9 Yankee and handler Deputy Bill Conner have received a protective bullet and stab proof vest through fundraising efforts from Vested Interest In K9s Inc. Sheriff Burch states, "We are very appreciative of the opportunity from this great organization providing K9 vests to Departments across Minnesota and the country. This will allow K9 Yankee and Handler Conner to continue to safely serve the citizens of Cass County. We appreciate your continued support of our K9 program." In addition to the Vested Interest in K9s Inc and volunteers from CaJah Salon in St. Paul, the Cass County Sheriff's Office would like to thank volunteer Kyla Conner, who was instrumental in working with the organization to provide the vest for Yankee.
CaJah Salon in St. Paul hosted an Annual Benefit for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. on September 27, 2014, raising over $12,000 that will outfit 13 Minnesota K9's with ballistic vests. The four Ramsey County Sheriff K9's receiving vests from the proceeds are Vito, Tonto, Boone and Apache. Additional vest recipients are: K9 Bosco, Farmington Police; K9 Yankee, Cass County Sheriff's Office; K9 Yazz, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office; K9 Britt, Rochester Police; and K9 Freddie, Stearns County Sheriff's Office. The Van Sloun Foundation made a donation to the nonprofit for $1,900 for K9's Malakie and Oakley of the Duluth Police Department.
A private donation of $950 by White Bear Mitsubishi in White Bear Lake covered the cost of the vest for the 5th Ramsey County Sheriff's K9 Reggie. In honor of Officer Scott Patrick, who was killed in the line of duty on July 30, 2014, many of these vests will be embroidered with the following sentiment, "This gift of protection given in memory of Officer Patrick MHPD." A private donation of $950 was received by James Manson of West St. Paul to outfit K9 Dakota's vest of Rochester Police.
Vested Interest in K9s Inc is a 501(c)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. This nonprofit organization was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc has provided over 1,302 law enforcement dogs in 40 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.2 million dollars.
Vested Interest in K9s Inc announces their 7" plush stuffed German Shepherd K9 Hero "Cesar," company ambassador of Vested Interest in K9s Inc, is now for sale online for $15.00 at www.vik9s.org . Proceeds from the sales 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 manufacturered 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 U.S. 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, PO Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org .