Dallas Police Department’s K9 Receives Body Armor

Updated Post: August 07, 2018

Dallas Police Department’s K9 Django has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Django’s vest was sponsored by Altrusa Club of Dallas Foundation, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment “Vest provided by Altrusa Club of Dallas Foundation”.

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 3,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $5.7 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.

Original Post: April 21, 2017 

K9 Django of the Dallas Police Department’s K9 Unit will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Django’s vest is sponsored by Altrusa Club of Dallas Foundation, Inc. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a non-profit organization 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. They were 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 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978 or you can visit their website at www.vik9s.org. The Dallas Police Department would like to thank Vested Interest in K9s for their generous donation to Django.

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