GARDEN CITY – The Garden City Police Department and Finney County Sheriff’s Office K9s will soon each receive a bullet and stab proof protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s.
According to media releases, K9 Koda’s vest will be embroidered with the message, “in memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma Police Department,” while K9 Shiva’s vest will be embroidered with “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always.”
Delivery of the vests is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, 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 4,415 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both 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, while 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 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.
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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
K9 Koda was acquired by the Garden City Police Department in September 2020, and his handler is Officer Cody Wilson.