January 28, 2020
Riley County Police Department’s K9 Monster will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
“Monster and I have been partners since April 2017," Corporal Jared Hayes said. "Being a canine handler is like a marriage when the canine is with you at home and at work. You both depend on one another and it creates a lasting bond of trust and love. Applying for a ballistic vest for K9 Monster allows me one way of protecting this partnership and providing him with the much-needed protection that he deserves.”
K9 Monster’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Beth Frank of Alaska K9 Center, North Pole, AK and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Alaska K9 Center”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.